To afford the lifestyle you want when you retire, you need to do something about it today - the buts stop here. It may be tempting to say, "But retirement is a long way off", yet it's never too early to start investing in order to protect your future. To find out more, read our 'Pensions Guide' section by clicking 'Open Guide'. Once you have read that, why not view our 'What is a Pension?' video, presented by Lisa, our online guide.
Our easy overview introduces you to the basics of pensions, provides information on the products available and gives you helpful hints on things to consider.
If you get married, form a civil partnership or start to live with someone, you may want your pension scheme to provide financial support for your partner if you were to die first.
Most company pension schemes offer a package of benefits that includes life insurance while you're working and a pension income for your spouse, civil partner or dependants if you die.
If you're not married or in a civil partnership, your company scheme may not automatically provide a pension income for your partner. You may be able to make sure they get some financial support by paying additional voluntary contributions or giving up some of your own pension income.
If you've got a personal or stakeholder pension your partner will probably automatically get something if you die before you retire (eg the value of your pension fund). When you retire you could arrange for your plan to provide a pension income for your partner that would start if you were to die first. However, to do this you'd have to save more or accept that your own pension income will will be lower.
Another option may be for your partner to start their own personal or stakeholder pension. You could even make payments into their plan on their behalf.
As with most things connected with divorce/dissolving a civil partnership your pension can become quite complicated.
You can apply to the court for a financial settlement. A court has to take the value of any pensions you both hold into account when dividing the family's assets.
Even if you choose not to use a court, you should still consider your pension arrangements if you separate from your partner.
Again if your response is, "But I don't really understand how to plan my finances better", we're here to help. It's all about getting the information you need to make the right decisions. Our tools and calculators can help you get to grips with your finances and plan for the future.
See whether you're on track to fund the retirement you want.
Now you've learnt more about pensions, you can compare the features of Aviva's pension plans, or apply for your chosen option:
You can make regular or one-off payments into a Personal Pension plan and stop, restart and change your payments to suit yourself.
It's a tax-efficient way of investing for your retirement, but bear in mind that you won't have access to the money in your pension fund until you retire.