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How do I protect my pension in falling markets? Steve Webb replies

I have a Self-Invested Personal Pension worth £480,000. The majority of this was from a financial settlement.I am 51 now and would like to retire at 60. I am still paying into a work place pension (around 10 per cent of my salary).Im desperate not to lose my pension pot and am worried about the dip in the market just now.

Financial crash: How do I protect my pension when markets fall?I realise I need to be looking long term, but at the moment I just see thousands slipping away.Will I have enough for retirement? Is there anything I can do to protect my pension pot?SCROLL DOWN TO FIND OUT HOW TO ASK STEVE YOUR PENSION QUESTION      RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next
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How to shelter your pension investments in a market storm?... Share this article Share HOW THIS IS MONEY CAN HELP What you need to know each week: Listen to the This is Money podcast Steve Webb replies: With the current turmoil in the financial markets I can entirely understand your concern about what the future may hold.

However, whilst none of us can say with certainty whether the markets have now reached the bottom and will start to recover or have further to fall, the current crisis is a reminder of some timeless truths about how best to build a decent pension pot in the longer term.

Steve Webb: Find out how to ask the former Pensions Minister a question about your retirement savings in the box belowTo start on a positive note, it is really encouraging to see that you are putting a meaningful amount of money into your workplace pension.

If you can keep doing this for another decade up to your planned retirement, this will make a real contribution.The first advantage of saving in this way is that your employer will be paying in as well. This helps to build up your pot more quickly.The second advantage is that you get tax relief on your pension contributions, so there is in effect a contribution from the Government.

In terms of your investments, you are right to say that you need to focus on the long term.When markets plunge in a single day it is easy to forget that those who have invested in shares have generally enjoyed a decade of pretty sustained growth.Market falls will always happen from time to time, although it is fair to say that recent falls have been some of the most dramatic that we have seen.

An important principle in investing is not to put all your eggs in one basket – or to diversify your investments.This can involve investing in a range of markets (not just the UK stock market) but also a range of asset classes – this could include corporate bonds, government bonds, commercial property, commodities and so on.

.The attraction of investing across a range of assets is that it is very rare for them all to.....

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