Category Archives: dc pensions

What passing bells for those who work as cattle?


It’s currently cool to talk about treating your workforce as a commodity. Evidence- Jeff Bezos can get on the Front Page of the New York Times for his experiments in office cruelty. “Amazon is successful right now- Bezos must be getting … Continue reading

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Measure 4 Measure (why we rate things)


A very curious article appeared on the NOW blog yesterday, I took exception to it and wrote to NOW to tell them. You can read the article here. It’s author, the excellent Martin Olive had clearly become frustrated with “rating … Continue reading

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NEST – Lamborghini or Trabant?


Yesterday I wrote about NEST’s great steps towards an integrated approach to the management of auto-enrolment data. I didn’t hear anyone else asking the question “is NEST acting as a force for good or is it over-stepping the remit we , … Continue reading

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The forgotten victims of commission


While the arguments about the abolition of commission for auto-enrolment pensions (from April 2016) are clear-cut, the fate of policies which aren’t used for auto-enrolment – isn’t. This is particularly the case for commission based occupational pension schemes. This week, … Continue reading

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Whose risk is it anyway?


No matter how we look at it – we do not- and will not- live in a command economy. That means we have to take decisions for ourselves rather than be told how to live our lives. If you want … Continue reading

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FINANCIAL UNDERSTANDING – what one insurer’s doing to improve things.


A lot of people think that big financial institutions prey upon the ignorance of the public. Many have, many have treated their customers as seals to be clubbed on the beach. Part of the problem for insurers was that they … Continue reading

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Are workplace pensions “risk-free” to employers?


If you think workplace savings plans are “risk free” to employers – think again; “value for money” changes that Continue reading

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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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Why employers pay no attention to the pension


Darren Say has written a very contentious article that you can read here https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141203141647-42828632-ae-pensions-insanity Darren opens by repeating three statements on pensions …employers don’t want world class pensions, they just want the problem to comply with AE legislation to be taken off … 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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