Category Archives: NEST

One million employers buying pensions in the dark.


I am comfortable with the interventions by Government in the sales side of workplace pensions. The DWP’s minimum standards legislation is progressing well and we look forward to seeing some secondary legislation in September. The Treasury’s work transforming the choices … Continue reading

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Good pensions need good bosses!


. My friend Steve Bee has produced a marvellous cartoon this morning. The need to save between 15 and 20% of lifetime earnings hasn’t changed. The numbers being crunched to come up with the 17.5% recommended lifetime contribution rate should … Continue reading

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A buyers guide to auto-enrolment software


Some initial thoughts Auto-enrolment software exists to automate the processes your company needs to establish to stage and maintain auto-enrolment. For most employers it is another payroll headache (along with RTI) that needs a purchased solution. Normally companies purchase on … Continue reading

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Advisory mastertrusts? – Nein Danke!


  There are now over 70 master trusts in the UK.  Everyone agrees that most are and will remain sub-scale. This is a concern to a risk-based Pensions Regulator and to others keen to restore public confidence in pensions. The … Continue reading

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How I want my hard-saved earnings – thoughts on a walk!


  Not many people fantasize about the letter they will get from their workplace pension provider when they get to the point they can start spending their hard- saved earnings. As I made my way around Studland Bay, Old Harry … Continue reading

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21st Century Retirement Income Update


  Well here I am in a Village hotel under the M1 seven miles south of Leeds to chair a day long conference on the opportunities for financial advisers from George Osborne’s Budget Changes (the photo is the lovely view … Continue reading

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“Nest’s auto-enrolment -innit!” – “no it ain’t!”


  Auto-enrolment and NEST are synonymous to many. Hugh Pym, the BBC’s chief economic correspondent  told me he thought you could only auto-enrol into NEST and the mistake was repeated by Rachel Burden this morning on auto-enrolment. Rachel told the listeners … Continue reading

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Better hid.


The trustees of NEST have been faced with a dilemma and it’s clear they have considered it and taken decisive inaction. This blog sets out to explain  and justify why the Trustees of our National Employers Savings Trust have chosen … Continue reading

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A capacity crunch?


The prospect of debating whether we get a capacity crunch in Auto-enrolment drew a capacity-crunching crowd to Wragge & Co.’s offices yesterday afternoon. Under the convenance of heroically quiffed Andy Agethangelou, some 50 of us attended a symposium on the current state … Continue reading

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Too big to worry about – what’s should we do about State Street?


I wrote yesterday about State Street’s £22.9m fine from the FCA for stealing $20.2m from 6 large clients.  Whether this was all the money stolen or whether these were the clients who they found out about is not mentioned. We’ll … Continue reading

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