Category Archives: Treasury

The tricky job of enrolling the self-employed into pensions


The estimate from the Citizen’s Advice Bureau that some 460,000 extra workers are currently missing out on auto-enrolment because employers deem them independently self-employed seems reasonable. When employers conduct a workforce assessment, they generally do so with a cut of … Continue reading

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The transfer mess gets worse…


It’s been some weeks since I wrote about transfers. To recap, I have been predicting a seizure in the transfer market , resulting from high demand, low-advisory capacity and pipes blocked with regulatory effluent. So it doesn’t come as a … Continue reading

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So what’s the point of the DC trustee?


  It’s the first rule of trusteeship- if you can’t measure it – don’t trust it. It’s the right of anyone who has their own pension pot to know how much they are paying for the management of their money. … Continue reading

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Sing if you’re “GLAD” to be grey!


If you’re old enough to recognise the reference to Tom Robinson’s 1977 gay anthem then you’re grey, bald or using restorer! Here’s Tom singing about queer bashing on “So it Goes” , complete with Japanese sub-titles (that’s the wonder of … Continue reading

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Two into one will go!


Steve Webb’s admission that we need a single regulator is a sign of his strength . It takes guts to admit you’ve been wrong for four and a half years! I’d come to the same conclusion myself reckoning;- That the geographic split between Brighton … Continue reading

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A tale of two Cities


      Have you ever turned up at a place and realised you shouldn’t be there – but stayed anyway just to see what it was like? That’s what happened to me yesterday. I went to an event about … Continue reading

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Is this Master Trust Assurance Framework fit for purpose?


There is an important debate to be had on the regulation of master trusts. That debate is about how we prevent poor standards invading what is currently a very well run part of workplace pensions. Until the past two weeks, I … Continue reading

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Small is beautiful – a good news story from Investment Solutions


Have a look at the Investment Solutions website or http://www.firstactuarial.co.uk or http://www.pensionplaypen.com – you’ll see a common thread- SMALL BUT BEAUTIFUL. Continue reading

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Has Webb scotch’d the commission snake – or killed it?


All the advisers needed to do was to make promises. They did not have to keep them. Continue reading

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The Budget – Becalmed in the middle of the lost decade!


This wasn’t really a budget about pensions and the usual scare stories about threats to pension saving proved groundless. It certainly didn’t do much for those in retirement. Continue reading

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