Category Archives: annuity

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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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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