Tag Archives: Business and Economy

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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Why Steve Webb took a punt on CDC


To answer the question we need to understand the Government’s primary agenda; – to “win votes”. A secondary agenda is to “create a legacy by which it will be judged favourably”. If you are charitable, you might include a third … Continue reading

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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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Regulate- don’t procrastinate; says Morten Nilsson- CEO of NOW Pensions


Membership numbers recently published by the big six mastertrusts highlight exactly how important they are in the auto enrolment market.   Of the three million people auto enrolled, over two million are in one of the big six mastertrusts.   … Continue reading

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Do I need a TV anymore?


    Other than for the prurience of watching Tina’s come uppance on Corrie. I have not engaged with terrestrial TV for some time. Phone and laptop in hand I have found all I needed on the Monaco Grand Prix, … 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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Call in for a Great British Pension


    The initial euphoria following the 2014 “pensions bombshell” budget may have died away, but in it’s place we are seeing real progress towards a better deal for those spending their pension pots.   Work is concentrating on two … Continue reading

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“Nest’s auto-enrolment -innit!” – “no it ain’t!”


  Auto-enrolment and NEST are synonymous to many. Hugh Pym, the BBC’s chief economic correspondent  told me he thought you could only auto-enrol into NEST and the mistake was repeated by Rachel Burden this morning on auto-enrolment. Rachel told the listeners … Continue reading

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