Category Archives: annuity

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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Telling it like it is – a Jamaican perspective on annuities


  Following on from a recent article on annuities, I’ve got some interesting feedback, including a remarkable post on the Pension Play Pen linked-In group from Magdalena Cooper de Neuze who is an insurance broker in Jamaica I hope that those who … Continue reading

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A beginner’s guide to annuities


Annuities haven’t got a very good name at the moment. They are blamed for many problems which are not their fault. One problem with annuities is that most people don’t understand them! Another problem with annuities is that people have … Continue reading

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Safe, stable, regular and for life


I had lunch with Mr Sipp yesterday. Mr Sipp is John Moret and he has done more to pioneer the new pension freedoms than anyone else. I think the dodgy curry and glass of house white I bought him scant … Continue reading

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Post budget capacity challenge for insurers


    Scottish Widows boss Toby Strauss has told the Telegraph that his company is already facing a capacity crunch as it digests the impact of legislative changes over the past two years and faces the challenges of 2015. The … Continue reading

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What did you do in the war Daddy?


One of the most successful recruitment campaigns ever- focussed on this simple question. It asked young men to imagine themselves once the fighting stopped having to explain to those in their care the contribution they’d made to the war effort. … Continue reading

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Is an annuity an investment product? Perhaps not!


  I have been worrying about a presentation I have to deliver to an investment group on the value of annuities. I have long felt that annuities are a rubbish investment and UK annuities a particularly rubbish investment. My confidence … Continue reading

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11 tips for advisers planning for April ’15


  It’s been four months since the Budget and the aftershocks of George’s pension bombshell are still being fealt. One by one, the policy decisions which will shape the way advice and guidance will be delivered, are falling into place. … Continue reading

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Why the IMA are so wrong about fund research.


  There had been signs that the Investment Management Association (IMA) was at last coming to terms with the needs of consumers and those who advise them to reveal the cost of owning their funds. In May , Daniel Godfrey- its … Continue reading

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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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