Category Archives: actuaries

How much does auto-enrolment cost?


The new living wage will make auto-enrolment more expensive If you are a small company, one of the unexpected items you’re going to have to add into your financial plan for the next three years is the additional cost of … Continue reading

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The Plowman gets off his high-horse!


Yesterday I published an article that allowed me to get off my high horse about “informed choice” and think pragmatically about how small employers are going to go about choosing a pension. I reckon most people like choice , but … Continue reading

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When you’re 64… buy the state pension! (girls buy even earlier!)


  I chaired and spoke at a number of retirement income seminars last month – you may have been at one. While I was encouraged by the engagement and education of the audience in financial products, I was frustrated by the scope … Continue reading

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IFAs and actuaries – as easy as “A Cap B”.


For half of the 30 years I’ve been advising people, I was paid by private individuals to help them take difficult financial decisions. For the other half, I’ve been paid by employers to help their staff take difficult decisions. This … Continue reading

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Knowing the “money” in “value for money”.


At last we may get to know what we really pay for the management of our funds so we can work out it it’s worth it. Continue reading

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Crushed by falling bond yields – great guest blog by Ralph Frank


Mainstream assessments of the state of investment markets tend to focus on the equity market.  The level of the FTSE 100, S&P 500, Dow and/or Nikkei is deemed to be an indicator of the health of savers’ investment portfolios and/or … Continue reading

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What’s this about selling your annuity?


Steve Webb’s latest idea that the Government will encourage the sale and purchase of life annuities is not as crazy as it sounds. Indeed the practice is commonplace in the USA where many court awards are granted as an income … Continue reading

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So much for the “haves”, what of the “have nots”?


It has now been well over a year since the OFT published this comment   Since this warning, not a lot has been done to improve the quality of purchasing by employers. The DWP is introducing legislation in April which will … Continue reading

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“Collaboration” is not a dirty word


      In this article, I am setting out First Actuarial’s and Pension PlayPen’s auto-enrolment strategy for 2015 and beyond. It is a strategy that sets out to collaborate with not compete with advisers.   Why we chose to work … Continue reading

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What should we pay for the annuity guarantee?


  The publication of the FCA’s market study on annuities has not met with much enthusiasm. Consumerists do not think it has gone far enough to punish lazy insurers. Those on the sell side find it hard to understand what … Continue reading

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