Thinking about retiring?

Consider the retirement options available to you carefully

If you are not yet receiving your pension, it is important that you consider the retirement options that are open to you and decide what is right for you based on your personal and financial circumstances.

We have developed four short videos which may help you consider your retirement options:  VIDEOS

Generally, you can retire at any time from your 55th birthday. When you retire you can choose to access your Policy benefits:

  • directly from Rothesay Life; or
  • from another pension arrangement

What is right for you depends on your own personal circumstances and your plans for retirement.  Receiving your benefits direct from Rothesay Life may well be the most suitable option for the majority of our Policyholders. However, you may be able to gain access to additional flexibility and choice by transferring to another suitable pension arrangement. 

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We recommend you consider your retirement options with the help of a qualified financial adviser especially if you are considering transferring the value of your benefits to another pension arrangement. A video about taking suitable financial advice and other helpful information regarding pension transfers can be found on the FCA’s website at:

You can find an adviser in your area by using the Unbiased website:

Please note, your chosen financial adviser will need to be authorised and qualified to provide advice on options and transfers from defined benefit pension schemes. The unbiased website gives a checklist of questions to ask your financial adviser to make sure they are the right adviser for you:

Our retirement packs include an estimate of the transfer payment that may be available to pay to an alternative pension arrangement. If you decide that you are interested in transferring to another pension arrangement, you or your adviser will need to contact us to request a full transfer value pack which will include details of the transfer value available to you. This figure will be guaranteed for three months. The following document is included in the transfer value pack we send out. Please give it to your chosen financial adviser:



Pension scams

Please be careful not to fall victim to a fraudster trying to cheat you out of your pension benefits. Click here for a leaflet provided by the Financial Conduct Authority and The Pensions Regulator.