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Getting started

If you’re just getting started with retirement planning, we’re here to help. We’ve got information that you might need to get to grips with pensions, so you can begin working towards your retirement goals.

A good place to start retirement planning is to think about how you want your life to be when you stop work.

Chances are, you’ll want to be able to afford all the things you think would make your retirement enjoyable – whether that’s trips abroad, eating out, or simply being financially secure.

To meet your retirement goals, whatever they may be, you’ll need to start preparing now.

Here, you’ll find information which may help you get started, including how tax relief can boost your contributions, and how different types of pension work. Plus, the sort of considerations you might need to take into account when deciding whether to start a pension and how much to commit to one.

Please remember we don’t offer personal advice on investments, tax or pensions, so if you’re unsure how to proceed, seek professional financial advice.

The value of investments can fall as well as rise and you could get back less than you invest. If you’re not sure about investing, seek independent advice. Tax rules can change in future. Their effects on you will depend on your individual circumstances.

Pension planning for the self-employed

It can be harder to think about saving for retirement if you’re self-employed and don’t have access to a company pension scheme, but pensions shouldn't be ignored and offer valuable tax benefits. We look at the importance of saving for the future, and explain the different pension options which are available to those who work for themselves.

Your first pension – getting started

What you need to know if you are starting to save towards retirement.

Understanding defined benefit pension schemes

Some company pension schemes, known as Defined Benefit, or final salary, pay a guaranteed income at retirement. Here, we explain how they work.

Why you're never too young to save for retirement

Retirement might seem a long way off. And if that’s the case, then great, because you’re in the best position to start planning for what should be the longest holiday of your life.

Types of pension

Pensions can seem complex and daunting, especially if you’re new to them. But there are lots of options available to suit individual needs and circumstances. We take a look at the main types of pension and explain how they work.

What is a SIPP?

If you’re looking for greater control over how your retirement savings are invested, and you have investment expertise and the necessary time then a self-invested personal pension (SIPP) could be worth considering.

How much should you be saving for retirement?

Our research found that three in five pensioners said they weren’t enjoying the retirement they’d hoped for because they hadn’t saved enough. In this episode, Clare explains what you need to think about and where to start when preparing for retirement.

Ready to start your journey with a Barclays SIPP?

If you have a Barclays SIPP, you can manage payments into your SIPP, withdrawals or transfers of existing pensions via the manage button on your account. Any other documents for your Barclays SIPP can be accessed here. This includes your SIPP terms, the Key Features Document and the Benefits Guide which set out how your SIPP operates.

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Find out more about SIPP

The value of investments can fall as well as rise. You may get back less than you invest. Tax rules can change and their effects on you will depend on your individual circumstances.

Investment ISAs

Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP)

A self-invested personal pension (SIPP) is a type of tax-efficient personal pension that usually offers you access to a wider choice of investments than other types of pension.