Tag Archives: annuity

What did you do in the war Daddy?


One of the most successful recruitment campaigns ever- focussed on this simple question. It asked young men to imagine themselves once the fighting stopped having to explain to those in their care the contribution they’d made to the war effort. … Continue reading

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Is an annuity an investment product? Perhaps not!


  I have been worrying about a presentation I have to deliver to an investment group on the value of annuities. I have long felt that annuities are a rubbish investment and UK annuities a particularly rubbish investment. My confidence … Continue reading

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CDC- your questions answered – by legal eagles


    We’ve been waiting for a decent CDC article from the legal eagles ; thanks to Norton Rose , we now have one and  they are happy to let us share it. So here it is – minus the … Continue reading

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How retirement products evolve (and revolve).


  There are three drivers that shape the evolution of financial products – supply, demand and Government intervention. Between the mid 80s and today Britain has seen a Financial Services Revolution that has been no less dramatic than the agrarian … Continue reading

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Note to @stevewebb1 – My Pot can follow me to CDC.


John Ralfe, at a City seminar claimed there was no appetite for CDC either among employers or among members of pension schemes. Well I disagree; the people I talk to who are not in pensions say they want change- new … Continue reading

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Providers cherry picking pension customers? Whatever next!


Money Marketing is reporting that insurers are cherry picking the workplace pensions they take on . That this is news says a lot for the appalling lack of underwriting applied by insurers to the pricing of new business in this market over … Continue reading

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Where have April stagers gone?


Will auto-enrolment flower or blow up? NEST and other providers say the expected flow of April stagers has failed to materialise, raising concerns of widespread flouting of the law by employers. Now Standard Life is calling on the Regulator to … Continue reading

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This country needs a proper debate about old age


Do we understand  how people want to get paid in retirement? Yesterday I wrote about the American 401K system and the risks taken by people who become too cautious as they become older. The value judgements implicit in the report … Continue reading

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A great way to deliver the Guidance Guarantee (for the right employer)


Josh Collins   In recent weeks, I’ve been taking the temperature of the pension trustees of large employers and found that enthusiasm for providing guidance to employees at retirement is limited. This is understandable. Do trustees want to become surrogate … 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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