Tag Archives: David Cameron

Time to move on?


This election was brutal. Gregg McClymont knew his fate but Steve Webb’s defeat was a shock to us all – sadly electors don’t wear pension goggles. Just as we were resigning ourselves to BAU,  David Cameron announced Ros Altmann’s appointment … Continue reading

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For Ros Altmann, the best is yet to come.


Ros Altmann is our new pension minister, this is unequivocally good news. For years people have been poking fun at Ros Altmann for her claims to be a Government Advisor. Between 2001 and 2005 she was an advisor to no … Continue reading

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Important days for pensions


David Cameron will be announcing his new cabinet members and more junior ministers this week. Those of us who work in pensions already know that Ian Duncan Smith will remain Minister of State at the DWP, but who will be … Continue reading

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The value of the triple-lock,


No doubt there will be many commentators who will sneer at this promise of Cameron’s. I will not be one of them. Continue reading

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It’s a “no” to that Royal Charter from the Plowman


In case you are wondering, the views of the pension plowman are not necessarily those of First Actuarial and quite often aren’t. Continue reading

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Why I’m a grumpy pension old man!


The day I wrote this I was off to Wakefield to be filmed as a grumpy old man. The results of this filming can be viewed on you tube here Stanley Matthews was still playing professional football at an older … Continue reading

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Can Britain afford Proper Pensions? Play Pen Lunch 01/10/12


The discussion focussed on the question “can Britain afford proper pensions” which broke into three questions. 1  What makes a pension proper? 2. What is the true price of funding for pensions? 3. What are the consequences of not pre-funding … Continue reading

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“Good Retirement Outcomes ” – pension babble?


My friend David Harris got the great, the good and me in an upstairs room in Benjamin Franklin’s old house in Craven Street last night. We discussed what pensions would be like in 2020, my ideas are on this blog … Continue reading

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“Pensions that are no more”


Cardinal O’Brien Scotland‘s most senior Catholic, has been very specific in his comments on social inequality. Ostensibly they are aimed at David Cameron, but if the pensions industry think they are absolved, they should think again. (Cardinal O’Brien) said: “When I say poor, I don’t … Continue reading

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Steve Webb needs hard cash for his defined ambitions.


Steve Webb needs more than “ambition” to sort out disillusion with pensions. Continue reading

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