Category Archives: Retirement

The time to clean up drawdon’s NOW!


We owe it to ourselves as Pension Professionals to make sure that we treat our customers fairly. Over the past three years we have seen a move to restore confidence in pensions, the RDR, auto-enrolment and the pension freedoms introduced … Continue reading

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People seeking safety at any price?


  I was annoyed to listen to one of the Bank of England’s Chief Economists Andy Haldane tell the BBC’s Robert Peston that people were seeking safety at any price. Passing the buck on to the “cautious consumer” may play … Continue reading

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Labour’s drawdown cap – right idea- wrong execution


Labour is calling for a cap on drawdown charges from April 2015. It is easy to see why. Currently there is a false market for drawdown with many customers paying as much as 4% pa for the management of their … Continue reading

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BRITAIN’S BIGGEST TABOOS: 20 MILLION PEOPLE STRESSED ABOUT FINANCES, YET TALKING ABOUT MONEY REMAINS OFF LIMITS


I don’t normally do press releases on here, I will make an exception here. People are embarrassed about money – when it’s their money they are talking about. The taboos about debt, wealth and financial planning are real and we need … Continue reading

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“To meet the needs of those in the middle” – what pension consultancy should be about!


The Advert On Tuesday I am sitting on a panel with good friends; Otto Thoresen, author of the Thoresen report; Mathew Arends, Partner at Aon Hewitt, Duncan Buchanan president of the Society of Pension Consultants. The session will be chaired … Continue reading

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When losing seems like winning- the last post from #thePitch14


  We didn’t win but it felt like winning and how it feels to be Rebecca Coates of Properteco (the overall winner) , I’d like to know! It’s a gruelling 12 hour day and if it involves a  trip down … Continue reading

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Wish us luck as we Pitch to be Britain’s top micro-employer!


  Today’s the day we pitch to be Britain’s top micro-enployer at the Paintworks in Bristol. We are one of 30 employers left in the competition, one of 20 actively trading- we have a 5% chance of winning! But that … Continue reading

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Double vision – a startling new blog from Ralph Frank


The latest Command Paper, ‘Better workplace pensions: Putting savers’ interests first’, has recently been published.  This Command Paper follows prior consultations by the Department for Work and Pensions (“DWP”) on charges, transparency and quality standards in workplace defined contribution pension … Continue reading

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Citizen’s Advice- the place to get pension guidance


George Osborne has announced the Citizen Advice Bureau as the delivery mechanism for face to face guidance over the new pension reforms. The Treasury announcement is here. This doesn’t come as a surprise – CAB had been after the work and … Continue reading

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