Tag Archives: de-risking

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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An open letter to IFAs – advice needed on pensions


  I was a self-employed adviser between 1984 and 1995 and know what it’s like to build an advisory business, I made some mistakes, the worst of which was taking too short a view on my relationships with clients.   … 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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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

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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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Think first – sell later


Think first – sell later- a dictum to be followed in the next 12 months Continue reading

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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

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