A Cash Lifetime ISA may not be the best option for retirement savings. It’s generally accepted that saving for retirement is a long term commitment and it could be better to invest in stocks and shares. However, this will depend on your personal circumstances, including your attitude to risk.
You could invest in a pension or stocks and shares Lifetime ISA. While the value of your investment is at risk and can fall as well as rise, it may be possible to receive a better return from a stocks and shares based product over the long term (more than 10 years) than you would from a savings account.
If you are employed, you should consider the potential availability of a workplace pension scheme and your tax position. If you save in a Lifetime ISA instead of enrolling in, or contributing to, a pension scheme from your employer or personal pension scheme:
- you may lose the benefit of any employer contributions to that scheme; and
- your current or future entitlement to means-tested benefits may be affected (these depend on the amount of income and capital you have, which includes savings).
Please be aware that the information we have provided is not advice. If you’re considering varying your existing pension arrangements as part of a decision to invest in a Lifetime ISA, you should seek independent financial advice before making any changes. If you don’t fully understand the pension and tax rules when making changes, you may not optimise your retirement savings and may face an income shortfall in retirement
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