Tag Archives: annuity

The markets are back but the damage is done.


There are those who thrive on the ups and downs of the stock market; high frequency traders take fractional advantage of moves up and down and like wind farms, make most when it’s stormy. You can buy and sell this … Continue reading

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Pot follows member – over a cliff?


There’s a great saying in racing “I’d follow that horse over a cliff”. It’s a morbid comment on most gambler’s instinct to chase losses for sentimental rather than economic reasons. When conviction sets in, then rationality is the loser and … Continue reading

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How do you compare pension default funds?


    An old colleague contacted me yesterday with a simple (but great) question. “how do you compare pension default funds”. I can speak on this for First Actuarial, who provide the investment ratings on default funds for the Pension … Continue reading

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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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Auto-enrolment – now get stuck in!


Auto-enrolment is 3 years old but the real fun only starts here. In the coming quarter, we will be preparing for the big spikes in staging that begin in January 2016. Whether you are an accountant, work in a payroll … Continue reading

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Financial advisors need better retirement products


Better products that deliver what they say I had the pleasure of Chris Radford’s company over the weekend. Chris is a consultant to pension providers , a regular at our Pension lunches and someone who thinks about the way ordinary people … Continue reading

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Why I think we’ll avoid a capacity crunch.


The predictions are dire – mass non-compliance – auto-enrolment brought into disrepute and pensions marched out of the last chance saloon and replaced by ISAs. It is as if some of my colleagues actually want this to happen- not that … Continue reading

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Bringing down the cost of advice #FAMR


The Financial Advice Market Review asks whether Britain can bridge the advice gap for those people who “want to work hard, do the right thing and get on in life but do not have significant wealth”, strip out the political … Continue reading

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Ten things everyone should know about workplace pensions


              Pensions are difficult; how can buyers choose one from another? Look from the list of categories at the attributes that IFAs consider important when deciding on a pension? Confused? …… I was! The traditional … 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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