Category Archives: auto-enrolment

Pensions for start-ups – you having a laugh?


Well “no” actually! This article sets out to explain why even the youngest of companies should be planning for pensions. Pension planning isn’t top of the list for entrepreneurs, most hope their business will become their pension. But there are good … Continue reading

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“To meet the needs of those in the middle” – what pension consultancy should be about!


The Advert On Tuesday I am sitting on a panel with good friends; Otto Thoresen, author of the Thoresen report; Mathew Arends, Partner at Aon Hewitt, Duncan Buchanan president of the Society of Pension Consultants. The session will be chaired … Continue reading

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When losing seems like winning- the last post from #thePitch14


  We didn’t win but it felt like winning and how it feels to be Rebecca Coates of Properteco (the overall winner) , I’d like to know! It’s a gruelling 12 hour day and if it involves a  trip down … Continue reading

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Wish us luck as we Pitch to be Britain’s top micro-employer!


  Today’s the day we pitch to be Britain’s top micro-enployer at the Paintworks in Bristol. We are one of 30 employers left in the competition, one of 20 actively trading- we have a 5% chance of winning! But that … Continue reading

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Double vision – a startling new blog from Ralph Frank


The latest Command Paper, ‘Better workplace pensions: Putting savers’ interests first’, has recently been published.  This Command Paper follows prior consultations by the Department for Work and Pensions (“DWP”) on charges, transparency and quality standards in workplace defined contribution pension … 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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The Pension Industry cannot serve two masters


Pensions are at a crossroads. For 30 years they have been travelling in the direction of the financial services and we could continue that direction of travel. We could turn left and go Dutch or turn right and adopt the American … Continue reading

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TLAs, the FCA, IGCs & TCF. WTF?


  This blog is by Ralph Frank   The financial services industry excels at producing Three Letter Acronyms (“TLAs”). One TLA that is likely to become an established part of pension lexicon is ‘IGC’. Independent Governance Committees (“IGCs”) are governance … 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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