Category Archives: annuity

Is there a place for digital advice in pensions?


  I spoke yesterday at the Pershing Conference in Westminster. My pal David Calfo who is managing many of the seismic changes at the University Superanuaition Scheme  spoke with me and the session was chaired by Pershing’s Gerard Wellesley. It … Continue reading

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The great pension bank robbery


  I give 2 ½ cheers George’s pension package, the “½” being for the complex misrepresented “death-tax” changes which are regressive, complicated and could easily have been dealt with using inheritance tax legislation already in place. I give no cheers … Continue reading

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Young People and Pensions


This is a blog by Vivi Friedgut of @blackbullion; she is also responsible for the picture and its contents!   Pensions don’t make for the most thrilling conversations. Like verrucas, funerals or the dream you had last night, talking about … Continue reading

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Tiny steps towards better DC outcomes- #CASummit14


Having spent 36 hours in the company of Life Co “strategists” and their counterparts in the IFA and EBC communities, I can now try and make sense of where “heads are at”. The mood has changed. Two years ago, the … Continue reading

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The state of corporate advice at #casummit


  The corporate adviser summit has been held every October in a swanky hotel somewhere in the home counties. This year we are in a frightful faux castle near Horsham complete with fake arrow slits and other accoutrements of the English … Continue reading

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It’s all down to the management –


    I’m watching the rain-soaked start of the Japanese Grand-Prix in Suzuka and marvelling at the organisation of a formula one team. What will get your driver first past the chequered flag. Engine- tyre management -DRS- Driver – race … Continue reading

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Don’t get fooled by the phoney pension giveaway


The phoney give-away The most accurate measure for the success of private pensions in the UK is the replacement ratio; a measure of what percentage of people’s pre-retirement income is replaced by savings specifically for retirement. Steve Webb and the … Continue reading

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Annuities get another kick in the goolies


What’s the story? The Chancellor will announce in his speech at the Tory conference that he will put a stop to the 55% tax on pension pots not spent at death. The Treasury announcement on what detail we so far … Continue reading

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Ros Altmann on why the over 60′s are missing out on “free pension money”


Ros Atmann recently told me she wished she could blog like me, having read this blog, I wish I could write like her! Huge numbers of over 60s are opting out of pensions auto-enrolment, losing their employer contribution Budget pension … Continue reading

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Is there a productivity dividend from auto-enrolment?


Pension PlayPen will give a leg up to anyone who’s trying – even some clapped out old bank that lost the trust of its customers long ago. So here’s some research produced by Barclays. I have written recently about the … Continue reading

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