Category Archives: actuaries

Auto-enrolment needs common data standards!


  At a recent meeting of the CIPP’s working group “The Friends of AE”, (FoAE) concern was expressed to Pensions Minister Steve Webb that without the introduction of a common data standards, the wheels might fall off auto-enrolment. According to … Continue reading

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Andrew Young – 65 not out – a pensions legend!


  Andrew Young is the Pension Regulator’s Strategy Director, he is the go to guy in UK pensions if you want to understand the implications of Government Policy. He has been a mentor to me since I first met him … Continue reading

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It was auto-enrolment that did for Hitler?


I’m not a big video man – who wants to spend 3 minutes of your working  day watching with the sound off – good news with this one is that it’s got sub-titles! The other good bit is that it … Continue reading

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The public are in a “win-win” from pensions (for once) !


  This report appeared in a recent edition of the Telegraph on the Monday before the Queen’s Speech. The insurers have suffered their fair share of turbulence so far this year. The shake-up of the annuities market unveiled in the Budget, … Continue reading

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Vertically integrated mastertrusts? – “my arse!”


  Pardon my Scouse! I throw Mick Royle at Mercer’s master trust (and the incipient Aon Hewitt master trust). “Vertical integration” is where the supply chain of a company is owned by that company. Mercer have set up a master trust where they … Continue reading

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Making every minute count -effective Guidance at Retirement


            Many people say that you cannot do much to really help people in a thirty minute guidance session. I disagree; more importantly, Michelle Cracknell disagrees. Michelle is the CEO of The Pension Advisory Service … Continue reading

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Target Pension Plans


 This is a briefing to employers and politicians from the Friends of CDC. Target Pension Plans are a new type of pension plan for the UK. Also known as Collective DC plans, they work on a pooled basis, where members … Continue reading

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Leadership needed to deliver the Budget’s pension promises


I’m off this morning to meet the FCA, hear about the detail on the Budget’s proposals on the New Annuity Guidance Framework and have a chance to deliver my tuppence worth on what should happen. This week my mind has … Continue reading

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How we see the new annuity framework working


Pension PlayPen response to the Treasury Paper “Freedom and choice in pensions.”     Pension PlayPen Ltd trades as http://www.pensionplaypen.com and is a leading portal through which employers and their advisers access information establish workplace pensions. This response has been … Continue reading

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More trust, fewer Trusts please!


Take a look at this table (reproduced with the express permission of the Pension Regulator). It tells us that we have too many private sector trust based DC schemes (it also tells that we don’t know the difference between a GPP and DC … Continue reading

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