Pension Tips To Start 2024 Off On The Right Foot

As we move into a new year, it’s important to start off on the right foot when it comes to managing your pension. Whether you’re just starting out in your career or approaching retirement age, taking the time to review and plan your pension can make a significant impact on your future financial security.

In today’s world, pensions are rarely a ‘set and forget’ route to a comfortable retirement. It’s essential to actively manage them to secure the type of post-work lifestyle you desire. The changing economic landscape and shifting regulations can have a major impact on the value of your pension over time. By staying informed and taking proactive steps, you can ensure that your pension remains a reliable source of income for your future.

In this blog, we’ll cover a range of tips and insights to help you manage your pension effectively in 2024. From budgeting and planning to investment strategies and tax implications, we’ll provide practical advice for maximising the value of your pension. Whatever stage of life you’re at, these tips will help set you on the right path towards a more secure financial future. 

Expert Pension Tips For 2024

So, without further ado, let’s dive in and explore some valuable pension tips for 2024…

1) Review Your Current Pension Plan

The first step in effectively managing your pension is to review your current plan. Take some time to assess whether your contributions, investment choices, and overall strategy align with your retirement goals. 

If you’re unsure about where to start, Hilltop’s financial advisers can help. They can help you to analyse your current plan and make recommendations for adjustments that could benefit your long-term financial goals.

2) Evaluate Your Investment Strategy

As we enter 2024, it’s important to consider potential investment strategies for your pension plan. However, with the constantly changing economic landscape, it can be tricky to decide the best course of action. 

This is why it’s not only important to regularly evaluate and adjust your investment strategy to ensure it remains aligned with your retirement goals, but to speak to a financial adviser to ensure you’re making informed decisions.

3) Navigate Changes In Pension Regulations

Pension regulations are constantly evolving, and it’s essential to stay informed of any changes that may affect your retirement plan. As we enter 2024, keep an eye out for any updates or changes to the existing pension laws and be sure to familiarise yourself with those changes and how they may impact your plan. 

For instance, in April 2024 the state pension is due to increase by 8.5% based on rising earnings, in accordance with the triple lock system (which provides an annual increase by whichever is highest: earnings growth, consumer price inflation or 2.5 per cent). This represents one of the largest-ever cash increases to the state pension, which will certainly come as welcome news to retirees and those approaching retirement age.

4) Create A Realistic Retirement Budget

One of the key factors for a successful retirement is having a realistic budget in place. As you plan for 2024, take some time to consider your desired lifestyle in retirement and create a budget that reflects it. Be sure to factor in a wide range of living costs such as housing, healthcare, travel, and leisure activities. 

It’s also essential to account for unexpected expenses, such as medical emergencies or home repairs. Regularly reviewing and adjusting your budget can help ensure you’re on track to achieving your retirement goals.

5) Remember The Impact Of Retirement Age

Retirement age plays a significant role in the amount of pension income you will receive. Generally, the longer you wait to retire, the higher your monthly pension payments will be. However, it’s crucial to consider other factors, such as health and personal circumstances, when deciding on a retirement age. 

Keep in mind that retiring early may result in a reduced pension while working longer can increase your benefits. Consult with one of our financial advisers to determine the best retirement age for your specific situation.

How Often Should I Review My Pension Plan? 

As you approach retirement, it’s essential to review your pension plan regularly. Changes in personal circumstances, such as marriage or divorce, can impact your pension benefits. It’s also crucial to keep an eye on market performance and make adjustments if necessary. 

As a general rule, it’s recommended to review your pension plan at least once a year. Seeking professional advice from a financial adviser can help to ensure your plan is on track and still aligned with your retirement goals.

What Role Does An Emergency Fund Play In Retirement Planning?

An emergency fund is a crucial component of retirement planning. It provides a safety net for unexpected expenses, such as medical bills or home repairs, without dipping into your pension savings. 

Having an emergency fund can also prevent you from relying on credit cards or loans during retirement, which can significantly impact your financial stability. 

Financial experts recommend having enough saved to cover at least three to six months’ worth of expenses in an emergency fund. As you approach retirement, it’s vital to assess and potentially increase the size of your emergency fund to provide added security during this stage of life.

How Can I Seek Professional Advice For My Specific Pension Situation?

If you’re unsure about your pension plan or have questions about managing it as you enter 2024, seeking professional advice is highly recommended. Hilltop’s financial advisers can provide personalised guidance based on your specific goals and circumstances. They can also help you to navigate any changes in pension regulations and ensure your plan is optimised for maximum benefits.

It’s never too early to start planning for retirement, so don’t hesitate to reach out for expert advice on managing your pension in 2024. Remember, a well-managed pension can be a key source of financial stability and security during your retirement years.

For personalised pension advice, don’t hesitate to contact Hilltop today on 0161 413 7051.

Important information: Our website offers information about investing and saving, but not personal advice. If you’re not sure which services are right for you, please request advice from Hilltop’s independent financial advisers. Remember that investments can go up and down in value, so you could get back less than you put in.

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