Pension options - what can I do with my pot?

There are 6 ways you can take your defined contribution pension pot.

You can usually take 25% of your pot tax free.

Leave your whole pot untouched

You don’t have to start taking money from your pension pot when you reach your ‘selected retirement age’. You can leave your money invested in your pot until you need it.

More on leaving your whole pot untouched

Guaranteed income (annuity)

You use your pot to buy an insurance policy that guarantees you an income for the rest of your life – no matter how long you live.

More on getting a guaranteed income (annuity)

Adjustable income

Your pot is invested to give you a regular income. You decide how much to take out and when, and how long you want it to last.

More on adjustable income

Take cash in chunks

You can take smaller sums of money from your pot until you run out. Your 25% tax-free amount isn’t paid in one lump sum – you get it over time.

More on taking cash in chunks

Take your whole pot in one go

You can cash in your entire pot – 25% is tax free, the rest is taxable.

More on taking your whole pot in one go

Mix your options

You can mix different options. Usually, you would need a bigger pot to do this.

More on mixing your options