30 Oct 2020 2 min read

Retirement Choices: Why drawing down is going up

By Emma Douglas , SuAnn Song

In recent years, retirees have increasingly turned to income drawdown to help fund the lifestyle they want.



With 60 being the new 40, savers’ active years are far from over when they give up work – for some, life becomes even more frenetic. In recent years, retirees have increasingly turned to income drawdown to help fund the lifestyle they want.

So, in our latest thought piece, we sought to find out who opts for income drawdown, how much they choose to withdraw and how sustainable this is proving to be, post-retirement.

For those members regularly taking income, the average amount withdrawn each time has increased over the five-year period to just less than 1% of their pot’s overall value. These payments are taken frequently, on average every month.

While it may be expected that those with fuller pots would be more likely to draw an income, what’s encouraging is that pot sizes across the board are likely set to increase. The majority of our members (around 60%) currently have pot sizes of between £30,000 and £150,000, but over the past five years average drawdown pot has increased by £20,000, with this trend likely to stay as the transition from defined benefit (DB) retirement provision continues. 

As the DC pensions market continues to develop and pots continue to grow, we expect income drawdown to become an ever more popular choice at retirement.

Read our longer piece to find out more.

Emma Douglas

Head of DC

Emma is responsible for developing LGIM's DC business and investment strategy. Emma joined LGIM in 2014 from Mercer where she was a partner and Head of Mercer Workplace Savings. Prior to that, she was Head of DC Sales at BlackRock and Head of DC Pensions at Threadneedle Investments, and has more than 20 years of experience in the investment management industry. Emma graduated from Trinity College, Oxford, and holds an MBA from Manchester Business School via a Women in Management Scholarship from the Guardian. Emma is a member of the PLSA DC Council.

Emma Douglas

SuAnn Song

Investment Solutions Associate, DC

Su focuses on developing investment solutions and thought leadership for DC clients. She joined LGIM in January 2019, having previously been an investment consultant at PwC, where she worked with pension funds, charity and university clients in formulating investment strategies and portfolio modelling.

SuAnn Song