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Home sweet home: Property wealth helping fund accountants’ retirement

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ACCOUNTANTS are increasingly reliant on their property wealth to fund their retirement, while a fifth of the profession claim to have no pension savings at all, a study has found.

Retirement lending adviser Bower Private Clients surveyed 105 accountants in February and found that 34% plan to fund some or all of their retirement using property wealth.

One in eight accountants will sell their home or rely on investments in buy-to-let or rental incomes to fund their lifestyle after they retire. The poll shows that 48% of retirement funds will come from pensions, while 42% will come from property.

However one fifth of accountants say they have no pension’s savings whatsoever, underlining a change in attitudes retirement plans for professionals.

This figure may be a product of the recession in the 1980s and ’90s, which forced many accountants to stop making pension payments and shift their focus away from succession planning.

‘Changing attitudes’

Despite this statistic, the majority of accountants (53%) polled are confident about their retirement plans, while exactly half claimed to have reviewed their pension plans over the past 12 months.

The average accountant’s retirement will be funded by a pension scheme; with 54% in possession of defined contribution pensions and 7% have final salary schemes.

Andrea Rozario, chief corporate officer at Bower Private Clients said: “Accountants can earn significant incomes and can accumulate a wealth of assets like property and increasingly are looking to property as a source of retirement income.

“This reflects the changing attitudes across the rest of the population with the wealth tied up in homes seen as a potential source of retirement funding which is driving increasing demand for retirement lending solutions.

“The continuing squeeze on pension and investment income means accountants will likely look to consider how best to maximise what will easily be their biggest asset and in turn consider solutions such as lifetime mortgages.”

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