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Crushed by falling bond yields – great guest blog by Ralph Frank


Mainstream assessments of the state of investment markets tend to focus on the equity market.  The level of the FTSE 100, S&P 500, Dow and/or Nikkei is deemed to be an indicator of the health of savers’ investment portfolios and/or … Continue reading

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All I want is easy access (baby)!


Easy Action When Marc Bolan wrote Solid Gold Easy Action in 1972, it was a smash hit , I was ten and I spent my savings to buy it But I can’t get no satisfaction All I want is easy action, … Continue reading

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Why we will have to wait for our freedom.


A prospect of market failure The sentence may have been over-turned but the prisoner is not free. At best he can wander the prison yard but the prison gates remain locked and even when they open , the pension will … Continue reading

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Get your BR19 as your first step to being “Pension Wise”


Treasury now in charge of “Pension Wisdom”. Another Monday, another set of pension headlines. The Treasury announce that the Guidance Guarantee is no more and hereafter the delivery mechanism for the help we’ll be getting at retirement will be called … Continue reading

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The future of retirement – Pension PlayPen responds to NEST


  Why Pension PlayPen is responding Pension PlayPen is reluctantly responding to NEST’s consultation; reluctantly as we have been asked these questions before in a number of different guises. The report is long and so is this response. We are … Continue reading

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The bondage of advice.


Is this what we call regulated advice? Yesterday I told a cautionary tale about a friend who came close to sacrificing 105% of 10 years projected growth on his pension pot in advice and management fees. He asked the question “how can this … Continue reading

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What’s this about selling your annuity?


Steve Webb’s latest idea that the Government will encourage the sale and purchase of life annuities is not as crazy as it sounds. Indeed the practice is commonplace in the USA where many court awards are granted as an income … Continue reading

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Separation


Can employers nudge staff into drawdown products? Should there be a degree of separation? If so – how can separation be achieved? Continue reading

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So much for the “haves”, what of the “have nots”?


It has now been well over a year since the OFT published this comment   Since this warning, not a lot has been done to improve the quality of purchasing by employers. The DWP is introducing legislation in April which will … Continue reading

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How to create sustainable regulation of workplace pensions


I am not a lawyer, if you want to read a learned discussion on the impact of the various forms of regulation that could apply to financial services, if you want to explore the theory. I suggest you  read this … Continue reading

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