Tag Archives: dc pensions

It’s a phoney war- what’s happening on the other side of the Channel?


I am still surprised how people are organising themselves to do their jobs. You’d have thought that the accountants and book-keepers who provide financial stability, get people paid and manage the tax affairs of Britain’s 1.25m employers would be the … Continue reading

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The Pension Play Pen lunch gives a thumbs up for the new Annuity Framework


A victim of Osborne’s success We were a victim of George’s success on Monday (7th April) as nearly 40 of us spilled out of the gallery room and occupied most of the Counting House’s second floor! Handing over £500 in cash … Continue reading

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Pension PlayPen Lunch – can we manage financial freedom in later life?


Don’t forget the Pension Play Pen lunch at 12.30 today at the Counting House, Cornhill , 200 yards West of Bank Station. We meet 12 for 12.30, bring £15 for food and beverages! The topic for today’s discussion will be … Continue reading

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PQM – under new management, deserves a second chance


  News that Adrian Boulding has taken the chair at the Pension Quality Mark and that its new MD is crack Kiwi-saver Justine Tate, roused me to re-engage with a venture I had thought as much use as a chocolate … Continue reading

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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

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Is CDC dead? – not according to Kevin Wesbroom in this great new post!


Is CDC Dead after the Budget, in the light on newly offered flexibilities? Most certainly not! The Budget stops the “requirement” to purchase an annuity. It has not been a requirement for a long time, but it has been the … Continue reading

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“Better workplace pensions – further measures for savers”


Recognise the title? It’s what the DWP chose to call their Command Paper on charges. This paper is not a justification for a charge cap, it’s a new framework for DC pension governance. It’s gone un-noticed but only one chapter … Continue reading

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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

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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

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Why we expect insurers to bounce back stronger (from these reforms)


  I’ve just read yesterday’s press release from PWC’s Jonathan Howe commenting on the pension reform announced in this year’s budget. “There is no doubt that the changes present very significant challenges to life insurers with a heavy reliance on annuity business, … Continue reading

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