Category Archives: annuity

Pension PlayPen Lunch – can we manage financial freedom in later life?


Don’t forget the Pension Play Pen lunch at 12.30 today at the Counting House, Cornhill , 200 yards West of Bank Station. We meet 12 for 12.30, bring £15 for food and beverages! The topic for today’s discussion will be … Continue reading

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People aren’t stupid- our products are!


I’m taking this comment out of comment so I won’t mention it’s source- it appears on a pensions website and is made by a leading actuary. Our challenge is to find a way to redress the balance and help them … Continue reading

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Is CDC dead? – not according to Kevin Wesbroom in this great new post!


Is CDC Dead after the Budget, in the light on newly offered flexibilities? Most certainly not! The Budget stops the “requirement” to purchase an annuity. It has not been a requirement for a long time, but it has been the … Continue reading

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Annuity reform- payroll needs to be in the front seat!


Yesterday I wrote about the positives of the proposed abolition of compulsory annuitisation for the life insurers active in the UK pensions market. Today I want to share thoughts on payroll, who are always the last to be consulted and the … Continue reading

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Think first – sell later


Think first – sell later- a dictum to be followed in the next 12 months Continue reading

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George Osborne ate my pension – a blog by Hilary Salt


This is a blog written on Hilary Salt’s Facebook page which everyone should read. They aren’t my views and I don’t agree with a lot of what Hilary is saying, but this is the first coherently argued position I have … Continue reading

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“Annuities George, what took you so long?”


We have failed 1.5m annuitants- what took us so long? Continue reading

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“What’s it like to be retired?”


It could be the trending chant at any event that Alex Ferguson turns up to – a taunt to a man who having lost control has seen slump into mundanity in a few short months. Financial wellbeing in later life … Continue reading

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Your life for sale – what a liquid annuity market could mean.


Why people like me get cross with him is that he is dangling carrots and waving sticks but the donkey is locked in the stable. To get the animal moving, Steve Webb or his successor is going to have to open the stable door. Continue reading

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The realpolitick of pension charges


Let’s hope that wherever this goes next, the DWP can win through and that we get protection in this important and misunderstood area of pensions finance Continue reading

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