Category Archives: pension playpen

Does drawdown need a charges cap for pension drawdown


This post was written a few months ago but never published. The main thrust is still relevant, the thrust is that we are better off building better and more relevant products than trying to squeeze drawdown into a shirt two … Continue reading

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Mobilising millions – training employers on AE.


Who is going to mobilise the millions of bosses still to stage auto-enrolment? There are not 1.3m but 1.8m employers in the UK who will need to stage auto-enrolment.Of these , all but around 65,000, more than 1,790,000 employers have … Continue reading

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He’s here, he’s there,he’s every f**k*n where -Carsten Staehr


If you were in Carriage B on the 15.35 Kings Cross to Newcastle yesterday afternoon, our apologies. It was a quiet coach, it wasn’t quiet. Carsten Staehr was in the carriage. Two weeks ago, at the age of 52, Carsten … Continue reading

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“A question of trust”- accountants and auto-enrolment pensions.


I’m not going to quote Einstein’s definition of insanity as that would be madness. To understand how tactical short-cuts spiral into destruction look at what PPI has done to the share price of our high-street banks This blog is for accountants who … Continue reading

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Turning payroll administrators into pension managers


      A payroll administrator pays someone tomorrow, a pension manager pays someone for ever. A workplace pension is no more than deferred pay, you remove money from today’s pay-packet and it is returned later, when there’s no money … Continue reading

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What employers can do to get their members better pensions


Yesterday I had a chance to talk with a large employer about what they can do to help improve the outcomes of their DC plans. Influencing employees to get the best out of their pension savings means getting them to … Continue reading

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Free to overpay tax?? – what kind of freedom is that?


Question – when is a freedom a pension freedom? Answer- when its got a big tax-bill attached! The pensions minister Ros Altmann has said the government’s proposals to tax pensions in a similar way to individual savings accounts could be … Continue reading

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A new pension deal


A NEW PENSIONS DEAL – NOT A NEW KIND OF ISA There is only one thing that distinguishes a pension plan from an ISA plan and that is liquidity. By “liquidity”, I mean the ease with which the plan holder can … Continue reading

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When the dust settles…


For the second time in two years, George Osborne has produced a budget that will radically change the way we thing about retirement saving. If 2014 was the year we re-thought the way we spent our retirement spending, 2015 asks … Continue reading

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The lady’s not for turning.


For reasons that weren’t particularly obvious , a random group crammed into a much too small committee room in the House of Lords on Wednesday night for a round table with the new pensions minister. It was a hot day that … Continue reading

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