Category Archives: pension playpen

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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GARs – a simpler way out for insurers…


This blog offers insurers a simple way out of the problem they have with Guaranteed Annuity Rates- it means paying the reserved for value of the policy rather than the (lower) investment value of the contributions. By way of explanation.. … Continue reading

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MoneyHub – financial education’s future?


I met yesterday with Toby Hughes, CEO of MoneyHub, one of the very few people in financial services who I could properly call visionary. Like most visionaries, his big idea is very simple. He and his CTO Dave Toge talked … Continue reading

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If NEST’s web services are “free” – who’s picking up the tab?


  Employers who choose NEST will be able to onboard directly from payroll assuming payroll holds the information NEST needs to set-up. As with most things NEST do , the announcement this week that they have created a suite of … 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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