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TLAs, the FCA, IGCs & TCF. WTF?


  This blog is by Ralph Frank   The financial services industry excels at producing Three Letter Acronyms (“TLAs”). One TLA that is likely to become an established part of pension lexicon is ‘IGC’. Independent Governance Committees (“IGCs”) are governance … Continue reading

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The value of regular savings


  60 years ago, a revolution happened in the savings industry- it was the “standing order”. The standing order became the “variable direct debit” and people were able to establish regular savings plans which worked like magic, taking money from … Continue reading

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How much should I spend on retirement?


People get frightened by this question – they shouldn’t! The simple answer is that we all pay into a national pension scheme through national insurance and you can find out what you’re likely to get from the State we completing … Continue reading

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I was so much older then (I’m younger than that now)


Thank goodness for kids- kid journalists for a start. There is a gang on young journos who actually give a damn about the pensions they are in and are prepared to engage and educate themselves about what makes for a … Continue reading

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“Savers who cash in their pensions face charges of up to 20%”


  I repeat the Daily Mail’s headline which is absolutely accurate. I am glad that they did not use the word “penalties” as this implies a non-contractual lock-in being imposed by insurers. This is not what is happening. Insurers are … Continue reading

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Good pensions need good bosses!


. My friend Steve Bee has produced a marvellous cartoon this morning. The need to save between 15 and 20% of lifetime earnings hasn’t changed. The numbers being crunched to come up with the 17.5% recommended lifetime contribution rate should … Continue reading

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Private savings to rescue public finances


I wish Trevor Llanwarne well as he retires as Government Actuary, hoping he’ll take advantage of the 10.3% pa uplift in the BSP if he defers his State Pension till 2106. If he, as many of his civil servant buddies … Continue reading

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Auto-enrolment needs common data standards!


  At a recent meeting of the CIPP’s working group “The Friends of AE”, (FoAE) concern was expressed to Pensions Minister Steve Webb that without the introduction of a common data standards, the wheels might fall off auto-enrolment. According to … Continue reading

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This country needs a proper debate about old age


Do we understand  how people want to get paid in retirement? Yesterday I wrote about the American 401K system and the risks taken by people who become too cautious as they become older. The value judgements implicit in the report … Continue reading

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We need to know ourselves to plan the future.


For all the  talk of tax, longevity, inflation and investment returns, the technicalities of retirement  planning are of secondary importance. In this article , I put these technical issues in a broader perspective. If we are to have sponsored financial education in this country, … Continue reading

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