Category Archives: advice gap

Let my money go!


  I woke up to news that the Pension Play Pen RBS bank account can now be accessed by my iphone using fingertip security. Apparently mobile technology has outwitted clunky old pc technology which makes my thumb all that stands between … Continue reading

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The pernicious power of financial advertising


The incendiary resignation letter from Peter Oborne cites the removal of articles from the Telegraph’s website , claiming the articles went because of pressure from HSBC as a major advertiser. Buzzfeed have the story (and the article( here). I know … Continue reading

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NOW – that’s what I call pensions!


    Why the Pension PlayPen supports NOW as a workplace pension It’s no easy thing starting a master trust from scratch. Though NOW Pensions, had the experience of running a state backed pension in Denmark (through parent APT), coming … Continue reading

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As clear as a frosted window – the IA on charges (again)


The Investment  Association (IA) have published another paper as their contribution to the ongoing debate on what the public and their fiduciaries should know about their funds. The paper fails on a number of levels 1. It ignores the fact that … Continue reading

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Are workplace pensions “risk-free” to employers?


If you think workplace savings plans are “risk free” to employers – think again; “value for money” changes that Continue reading

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Why advisers aren’t getting paid for auto-enrolment


    Amidst the back slapping as we pass 5m auto-enrolled into workplace pensions you hear little rejoicing from financial advisers. The majority we speak to are avoiding auto-enrolment for one reason- they can’t get paid for what they do. … Continue reading

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What do I do with my defined benefit pension?


  Many people have defined benefit rights (commonly called “frozen pensions”). Some people continue to build up defined benefit pension rights, most are in Government backed schemes. A large number of people are enjoying pensions from theses defined benefit schemes. … Continue reading

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How low can guidance go?


The FCA have published an important document that sets out to define where guidance ends and advice begins. Thankfully , it’s one you can read without feeling guilty that you aren’t going to answer 150 consultation questions! The FCA has … Continue reading

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How can this be?


A school friend of mine, came to see me yesterday with some paperwork. He had been reviewing his financial affairs. Like me , he is 53 and had been excited by talk of the new Pension Freedoms. The problem His … Continue reading

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How far can guidance go?


Guidance Technology? I am interested by Guidance Technology, it is at the core of http://www.pensionplaypen.com. As we use it, Guidance Technology narrows down options available to people to a shortlist that is clearly differentiated. For an employer to choose the … Continue reading

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