Category Archives: annuity

How Government can ensure capacity for good pensions advice and provision


There are concerns over whether the UK has enough spare power capacity over the coming years. So to ensure the lights stay on the government is offering electricity producers a “capacity payment”, which is a payment simply for having power … Continue reading

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What should we pay for the annuity guarantee?


  The publication of the FCA’s market study on annuities has not met with much enthusiasm. Consumerists do not think it has gone far enough to punish lazy insurers. Those on the sell side find it hard to understand what … Continue reading

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The coffin slams shut on annuities – but will they stalk the night?


There was no smoking gun. Annuities hare not bad value but- through poor purchasing, they have delivered poor outcomes. This is my 20 word precis of the 100 page document which you can read for yourself here. This conclusion has not … Continue reading

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Re-energising trusteeship (for a DC world)


    My recent blog pointing out that DB trustees tend to make bad DC trustees has gone down like a lead balloon with certain DB trustees. I don’t think is surprising. The next question is whether we can find a … Continue reading

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“Investing for the long-term” – guest blog from Ralph Frank


The Financial Services Consumer Panel (“FSCP”) recently published a number of suggested options for reform of the governance, disclosure and pricing of investment products.  These options were based on the findings of two studies, one by Rajiv Jaitly and the … Continue reading

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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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