The Retirement Gym

Giving your retirement plans a workout, with Roy Thompson

Welcome to the Retirement Gym! This is the podcast that aims to help you make good decisions whilst you’re saving for retirement and how to spend money when you’re actually in retirement.

Latest episode

Episode 9: Can women be adversely affected in retirement?

In this episode Roy Thompson talks with Gill Lynes, Senior Financial Planning Manager at MHA Carpenter Box Financial Advisers. They discuss the various factors that result in many women under-saving for their pension and what actions can be taken to ensure a sufficient income in retirement.

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Episode 8: Understanding your pension

In this episode Roy is joined by 24 year old Jack Watkinson who has recently graduated from University and is about to embark on his first graduate role. As a young saver, Jack is starting the process of saving into a pension and thinking about retirement.

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Episode 7: What is sustainable investing?

Roy Thompson speaks with Phoebe Stone, Head of Sustainable Investing at LGT Vestra. In this episode, Phoebe explains what sustainable investing is and the effect it can have on financial returns.

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Further reading: From the stockholder to the stakeholder: how sustainability can drive financial outperformance


Episode 6: Importance of investment risk on your retirement fund

In this episode Roy is joined by David Cooke, Investment Manager and Partner at Saltus Investment Management. They discuss the importance of investment risk and the returns you can achieve on your retirement funds.

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Episode 5: Emotional consequences of retirement

In this episode, Roy speaks with Caroline Clarke, a Psychotherapist based in Brighton who helps people navigate major life changes such as retirement.

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Further reading: is retirement good for your health?


Episodes 3 & 4: Coping with Covid part 1 and 2

The Retirement Gym Podcast has released a special 2-part series entitled ‘Coping with Covid’.

Part 1: Businesses

In Part 1, Roy Thompson is joined by MHA Carpenter Box Tax Partner Dan HobbsDan talks through some of the major measures announced for businesses to help them with cash flow difficulties.

Part 2: Individuals

In Part 2, Roy is joined by Kelvin Riches, a Chartered Financial Planner at MHA Carpenter Box Financial AdvisersKelvin speaks about what individuals can do to help with their personal finances during the Coronavirus crisis.


Episode 2: Legal matters in later life

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Episode 1: Budgeting for your retirement

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