In the second instalment on pensions we looked at the situation people may find themselves in if they have waited until their 40’s or 50’s to start saving towards retirement. There are some scary valid concerns but also some good news when it comes to retirement provision started late.
On Monday the 27th of October we had the first of two parts about pensions, the focus this week was that people are passing up money that is on the table for the taking. The other issues were about the kind of advice you get, and the best ways to structure your pension as well as to demonstrate the available funds if you save for retirement.
Delighted to see the Central Bank getting some granular detail on our market! … Literally, we have been waiting for years to go beyond the overview figures.
We see now that 25% of Mortgages are buy-to-let’s (representing €24.6bn in lending), so almost 200,000 loans are secured for the purpose of investment, which raises an interesting taxation point when it comes to retirement.
Recent figures by the pensions board show that 40,000 fewer people are in pensions and that of the 2.1m workforce that about 800,000 have pensions; naturally this doesn’t factor in many property investors who use that as a retirement plan.
And that is where I think we’ll see some traction, people may move to paying down their debts (which they view as a retirement plan via a RIP loan) rather than putting funds into pensions. Perhaps with the changes in interest rates for many residential investment loans they are doing neither and merely trying to stay afloat.
The recent pension …