Monthly Archives: March 2013

“What’s expensive for a pension these days?”


Most UK pension people may still agree with you and see 0.9% as cheap but not me. It might have been cheap in 2000 and it certainly isn’t today! Continue reading

Posted in auto-enrolment, brand, corporate governance, customer service, David Pitt-Watson, dc pensions, fish, one pound fish, pensions, Personality, Retirement | Tagged , , , , , , , | 24 Comments

Give a straight red to active member discounts


What are active member discounts (AMDs) and what’s so wrong with them? Continue reading

Posted in auto-enrolment, brand, dc pensions, Fiduciary Management, pensions, Personal Accounts, Popcorn Pensions | Tagged , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Taxpayer subsidy for public service pensions to double over 6 years


This is an article from Michael Johnson. I agree with the numbers but I’m not so sure about the sentiment that lies behind it. As a nation we can afford anything if we chose to prioritise the spending and we … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Education, First Actuarial, pensions, Public sector pensions, Royal Mail, smelly | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Paying as you earn; the best way to save


Monday will see the start of the benefits changes that will climax in the full introduction of the Universal Credit in a year’s time. This is not an article about these changes. But it takes it kicks off from a brilliant … Continue reading

Posted in Change, dc pensions, Financial Education, Martin Lewis, Payroll, pension playpen, pensions, St Paul's, Trades Union Congress, wonga | Tagged , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

Interesting….spin is self-defeating


every time we say one thing and mean another, we are creating distrust in the person who we are talking or writing to Continue reading

Posted in brand, Financial Education, Henry Tapper blog, pension playpen, pensions, Personality, poetry | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

All we are saying – give DA a chance!


“Possible easements for employers providing good pension schemes” Continue reading

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How Payroll won friends and influenced Government


Hats off to the journalists, thought leaders , practitioners and trade representatives who worked together for good. In a couple of weeks they created a framework for change Continue reading

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Better-buying makes auto-enrolment work


The promise of “Wealth at work” has disguised the paucity of the pension outcomes when work finishes. Continue reading

Posted in auto-enrolment, corporate governance, dc pensions, First Actuarial, Henry Tapper blog, pensions, steve webb, target date funds | Tagged , , , , , , , | 15 Comments