Category Archives: advice gap

Does drawdown need a charges cap for pension drawdown


This post was written a few months ago but never published. The main thrust is still relevant, the thrust is that we are better off building better and more relevant products than trying to squeeze drawdown into a shirt two … Continue reading

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The tricky job of enrolling the self-employed into pensions


The estimate from the Citizen’s Advice Bureau that some 460,000 extra workers are currently missing out on auto-enrolment because employers deem them independently self-employed seems reasonable. When employers conduct a workforce assessment, they generally do so with a cut of … Continue reading

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The ground moving under us.


What I like about August is that it gives you a little space. Nothing much gets done because at least one decision maker is away and we’re all waiting for September. The French just forget about working in August. Because … Continue reading

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Disruption – is how social media regulates


In the context of Business continuity management, Disruption is an event which causes an “unplanned, negative deviation from the expected delivery … according to the organization’s objectives”. In this blog, I argue that disruption is part of the governance process … Continue reading

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Simplifying AE – why the workforce assessment IS worth it


The Government is calling for ideas to simplify auto-enrolment.  I had an interesting discussion with a senior payroll policy lobbyist yesterday. She argues that the “workforce assessment” is too problematic to become part of the normal payroll function of Britain’s … Continue reading

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Bringing down the cost of advice #FAMR


The Financial Advice Market Review asks whether Britain can bridge the advice gap for those people who “want to work hard, do the right thing and get on in life but do not have significant wealth”, strip out the political … Continue reading

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Why the FCA should take a leaf out of tPR’s book.


  The Pensions Regulator have been re-born over the last five years and become focussed on helping advisers, trustees and employees solve pension problems. They have started treating us as  customers and not potential criminals. Sadly, this attitudinal shift doesn’t seem … Continue reading

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Can IFAs create their own profession?


James Walker  has published BWD’s assessment of the prospects for firms offering financial advice as their core product. He paints a picture of rising regulatory costs and sluggish growth prospects preventing IFA practices from employing the young blood to refresh it. Last … 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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One week on- how was “freedom” for you?


More questions than answers The Pension PlayPen met as usual in the Counting House to discuss our experiences of Pension Freedom to date. The consensus – more questions than answers. Call volumes to the insurers have over-shadowed what the Government … Continue reading

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