Category Archives: Popcorn Pensions

Annuity – RIP


  I guess the moment I heard the news on the scrapping of compulsory annuities will stick in the memory like the moment I heard of the death of Elvis/Lennon and Princess Di. All morning we’d heard the helicopters hovering … Continue reading

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All the right funds- not necessarily in the right order (a budget prescient blog)


  I wrote this blog hours before the budget which abolished annuities. For some reason I decided this morning, to write about investment as if annuities didn’t exist. From 2015, for new pensioners- they will no longer be the default, … Continue reading

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“What’s it like to be retired?”


It could be the trending chant at any event that Alex Ferguson turns up to – a taunt to a man who having lost control has seen slump into mundanity in a few short months. Financial wellbeing in later life … Continue reading

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A full frontal retreat on charges


If we are to restore public confidence in pensions, we need action not more procrastination. Continue reading

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The worst kind of paternalism


They’re all , fat and old, queuing for the House of Lords Continue reading

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A promise or a guarantee?


If Steve Webb wants AE to work, he should stop turning promises into guarantees and burdening employers with unforeseen liabilities and huge consultative and administrative costs. Continue reading

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Another year older..


I am not a year older – I am two years younger than I was five years ago – at least I’m two years further from retirement (relatively speaking). Continue reading

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What’s this charge cap really going to cost? (1000th blog)


Ringing out the old and ringing in the new should be managed with a little more responsibility than the approach adopted by the DWP through their dodgy Impact Assessment Continue reading

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Let’s rid us of financial carnage at retirement


I’m really interested in why pension schemes don’t provide more support. Any views out there on what the biggest barriers to providing more support than basic communication and a signpost to MAS or TPAS or Unbiased? Continue reading

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Who’ll blow the whistle on the annuity fiasco?


Ros Altmann has got a lot of stick from pension folk for feeding the bad news on annuity rates to the Daily Mail, resulting in this front page. Continue reading

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