Category Archives: annuity

Time to ditch the “institutional” from pensions


  There has always been a gulf between retail and institutional pensions. But I have never felt it so inappropriate . Retail pensions were sold on commission, organised by insurance company and regulated by the Treasury via the FCA and its … Continue reading

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10 things we’d see in Monday’s Guidance Guarantee!


  Tomorrow (Monday 21st July), the Government will announce how it intends to deliver the guidance guaranteed to those reaching state pension age. We want an independent process that helps people  take decisions rather than telling people what to do. We can’t … Continue reading

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……we have a problem, Brighton.


Every so often we get asked questions by  people to whom the answers really matter. I’ll leave you to guess who might be asking these ones!     a)Is there really a problem for unadvised small and micro employers to … Continue reading

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Note to @stevewebb1 – My Pot can follow me to CDC.


John Ralfe, at a City seminar claimed there was no appetite for CDC either among employers or among members of pension schemes. Well I disagree; the people I talk to who are not in pensions say they want change- new … Continue reading

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A buyers guide to auto-enrolment software


Some initial thoughts Auto-enrolment software exists to automate the processes your company needs to establish to stage and maintain auto-enrolment. For most employers it is another payroll headache (along with RTI) that needs a purchased solution. Normally companies purchase on … 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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This country needs a proper debate about old age


Do we understand  how people want to get paid in retirement? Yesterday I wrote about the American 401K system and the risks taken by people who become too cautious as they become older. The value judgements implicit in the report … Continue reading

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Why Steve Webb took a punt on CDC


To answer the question we need to understand the Government’s primary agenda; – to “win votes”. A secondary agenda is to “create a legacy by which it will be judged favourably”. If you are charitable, you might include a third … Continue reading

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What we’re learning from the Wealth and Assets Survey


The Office of National Statistics has published wave 3 of their Wealth and Assets Survey You can download it here The report ignores the value of state benefits. Bearing in mind it would currently cost around £180,000 to buy a … Continue reading

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It’s all kicking off….


  At first the Arab Spring amazed me as random. Now I can  make sense of what happened and see how it all tied in . I’m sure the means by which people talked and events were reported added to the sense of … Continue reading

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