Tag Archives: Actuarial science

Why Face to Face Guidance may be impossible.


  I didn’t know what to expect from the Life Planning Association, whose meeting I attended on Wednesday as a guest of Wladek Koch. What I got was an insight that makes sense of why I believe Face to Face … Continue reading

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Ten mistakes CDC cannot repeat.


CDC (Target Pensions Plans)  look likely to happen If, as now seems likely, we get the easements in a Pensions Bill to run collective DC schemes then the pressure will turn on those (like me) who have lobbied for change- … Continue reading

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“Something will turn up” – the Pensions PlayPen Lunch 12th May


Something usually turns up at a Pension PlayPen lunch. At yesterday’s lunch I had to wait till injury time to get my Eureka moment and it came from a first time luncher – Chris Radford. Chris’ contention was that when … Continue reading

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Putting financial bloggers in their place


    Yesterday was interesting. I was shortlisted for Pensions Personality of the year  –  thanks to all who voted Pension Play Pen was shortlisted for technology solutions provider of the year – please vote here Another media awards event , the ABI … Continue reading

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People aren’t stupid- our products are!


I’m taking this comment out of comment so I won’t mention it’s source- it appears on a pensions website and is made by a leading actuary. Our challenge is to find a way to redress the balance and help them … Continue reading

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Why we expect insurers to bounce back stronger (from these reforms)


  I’ve just read yesterday’s press release from PWC’s Jonathan Howe commenting on the pension reform announced in this year’s budget. “There is no doubt that the changes present very significant challenges to life insurers with a heavy reliance on annuity business, … Continue reading

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Pensions are stopping us building houses and housing is stopping us buying pensions!


This was the 52nd pension play pen lunch and one of the best. Attended by a knowledgeable gang of social housing officers, pension consultants and a fair few bankers, the lunch group set out to answer the question “are pensions … Continue reading

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Your life for sale – what a liquid annuity market could mean.


Why people like me get cross with him is that he is dangling carrots and waving sticks but the donkey is locked in the stable. To get the animal moving, Steve Webb or his successor is going to have to open the stable door. Continue reading

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“Let them eat cack” – why does Government still think individual annuities can work?


Steve Webb has been at it again, suggesting that the annuity crisis could be solved if we had a one year cooling off period after we’d bought an annuity in which we could take it back (with a receipt) and exchange it … Continue reading

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CDC for the people


The debate on Collective Defined Benefit has so far been a matter for politicians , academics and actuaries. Most people haven’t a clue what CDC is or how it might benefit or harm their retirements. I’ve been trying to broaden … Continue reading

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