Tag Archives: Business and Economy

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

Posted in advice gap, Blogging, journalism, Martin Lewis | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Standard Life comes up trumps


Four years ago I sat in a crowded room in the DWP’s offices, to hear insurer after insurer refuse to commit to providing a service to small and medium sized companies, let alone the micro employers of which there are … Continue reading

Posted in advice gap, dc pensions, pension playpen, pensions, Retirement, workplace pensions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

9 days that shook the (pension) world.


  It began with the budget and ended with an FCA probe on Zombie funds. On the way we have had an 111 page paper that provides an ongoing framework for pension governance , bans pension commission and caps provider … Continue reading

Posted in pensions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

We have scotch’d the snake not killed it – three years to sort out hidden charges


  We have scotch’d the snake, not kill’d it: She’ll close and be herself, whilst our poor malice Remains in danger of her former tooth. Macbeth Act 3 Scene 2   Of all the vested interest groups, the fund managers … Continue reading

Posted in advice gap, Change, dc pensions, Henry Tapper blog, napf, pensions, steve webb | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Annuity reform- payroll needs to be in the front seat!


Yesterday I wrote about the positives of the proposed abolition of compulsory annuitisation for the life insurers active in the UK pensions market. Today I want to share thoughts on payroll, who are always the last to be consulted and the … Continue reading

Posted in advice gap, annuity, auto-enrolment, Bankers, Payroll, pensions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cash and Carry


  My Mum and Dad used to buy the ice-cream and cakes for the Methodist Fete at the cash and carry in Poole. They used to go down each summer in the Methodist Minibus and they would take me and … Continue reading

Posted in auto-enrolment, CDC, pension playpen, pensions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

George Osborne ate my pension – a blog by Hilary Salt


This is a blog written on Hilary Salt’s Facebook page which everyone should read. They aren’t my views and I don’t agree with a lot of what Hilary is saying, but this is the first coherently argued position I have … Continue reading

Posted in annuity, dc pensions, de-risking, pensions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

All the right funds- not necessarily in the right order (a budget prescient blog)


  I wrote this blog hours before the budget which abolished annuities. For some reason I decided this morning, to write about investment as if annuities didn’t exist. From 2015, for new pensioners- they will no longer be the default, … Continue reading

Posted in auto-enrolment, CDC, corporate governance, dc pensions, de-risking, defined aspiration, Payroll, pension playpen, pensions, Popcorn Pensions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I’m in- who’s out?


  I’m serving up a dish which may have gone cold in your inbox or may not have reached you at all. Personally I’m not concerned about opt-out rates, even if they crept above the 9% generally advertised. That Ceridian … Continue reading

Posted in advice gap, auto-enrolment, Bankers, brand, Change, corporate governance, Payroll, pensions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Better hid.


The trustees of NEST have been faced with a dilemma and it’s clear they have considered it and taken decisive inaction. This blog sets out to explain  and justify why the Trustees of our National Employers Savings Trust have chosen … Continue reading

Posted in NEST, State Street | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments