Freedom to access pension savings is very welcome, but short-sighted decisions could result in people outliving their entire savings

So, when will your client die then? I'll need the exact date of death please.

OK. I can see that you're going to have to get back to me on that, but if the client is planning to take income from their pension without the use of an annuity, they're going to have to make a reasonably accurate assumption about their date with Mr D.

The list of assumptions that need to be made in order to formulate a robust retirement plan is very long and I won't rehearse it here, except to say that the fundamental blind spot I encounter most when first working with people, is their inability to think meaningfully about their life expecta...

Jean-Yves Gilg
Solicitors Journal

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