Pension Awareness Week Live! 2020 – here’s what you may have missed

Pension Awareness Week is a wrap for another year, and although we couldn’t hit the road with the Pension Geeks this time, we hope you were able to enjoy some of our excellent pension seminars and videos on the brand new website.

Over the course of the week, we hosted 21 webinars covering all things pensions, watched by over 6,000 people. If you missed any of the sessions, here’s a few of our favourites which you can view at your leisure.

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Pension Geeks sessions

James Biggs from the Employee Benefits Collective offers a whirlwind tour of the following topics, including questions and answers from the audience.

Pensions in a nutshell

Everything you need to know about pensions, including the difference between workplace pensions and the State Pension; how a workplace pension operates and when you can take your money. Plus how to combine different pension pots and track down lost ones.

Why do I need a pension?

Why you need a pension, how they work and why it’s important to have a plan for the future; what it means to save for the short-, medium- and long-term, and why pensions are simply a way for you to put money away for later life so you can enjoy the retirement you deserve.

How much should you be saving?

How to control a defined contribution pension pot and making the most of opportunities to maximise your savings if you’ve been enrolled in your employer’s workplace pension scheme.

How and when to take your pension savings

How much you might need for your pension income, using the Department of Work and Pensions’ forecasts; understanding the different types of pension on offer; plus the options available to you when you decide to take your pension.

Combining pension pots

Making sense of the different types of schemes, including occupational pension plans, money purchase schemes, final salary schemes, master trusts and SIPPs and how you can consolidate savings from all these schemes, as well as managing additional voluntary contributions.

Tax and pensions

How is your pension taxed? What are the limits you need to be aware of when it comes to tax and pensions and how different income sources are taxed in retirement.

NOW: Pensions’ takeover day

Women’s pension power!

How can we future-proof the next generation of women’s pensions? Touching on everything from savings barriers to financial education, our speakers address some of the challenges that lay ahead and help pave the way for future pension equality.

Single mums’ pensions black hole  

The UK’s single mothers are reaching retirement age with pension pots one-third the size of the average woman’s. How can these hard-working women avoid a pensions blackhole and get back on track with pension saving?

Can flexible working tackle the gender pensions gap?

With COVID-19 forcing many of us to work from home, is now is the right time for employers and businesses to embrace the flexible working revolution and help tackle the gender pensions gap at the same time.

Kids take on Guy Opperman, the pensions minister!

Ever wondered how comfortable the seats are in the Houses of Parliament, or what a pensions minister eats for breakfast? Guy Opperman faces one of his toughest audiences as children from Elmhurst Primary School put him on the spot about pensions and saving.

Closing the gender pensions gap

Women are reaching retirement age with over £100,000 less in their pensions than men and the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded already challenging issues when it comes to managing childcare and work responsibilities. Our panelists discuss what can be done to help close the gender pensions gap and how the industry is working to create a fairer pension system.