Tag Archives: DWP

“Open Government isn’t an idea, it’s an action”


When you walk into the DWP’s offices in Westminster, you are greeted with a montage of Male, Pale and Stale mug-shots of politicians and permanent secretaries who are the DWP’s big wigs. Very 1980s – very Sir Humphrey! But that’s … Continue reading

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Freddy Flumper gets savvy!


  It’s been some days since I’ve reported on the fabulous Freddy Flumper -“fabulous” in the sense that I lives only in the fable on this blog. For anyone who missed the instructive fable of Freddy and Tony Lamborghini , … Continue reading

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The instructive tale of Freddy Flumper and Tony Lamborghini


As I didn’t dare hope, the Treasury continue down the pension reform fairway. Having hit a 325 yard drive into position A with their Budget reforms, they’ve hit a 275 yard second to the heart of the green with ‘uncrystallised … Continue reading

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Flump!


A new word was coined yesterday in the lexicon of pensionology – Flump! Credit must go to Will Robins of CityWire and Claire Trott of Talbot and Muir. @Claire_L_Trott and I are pioneering 'Flump' instead of UFPLS for the unsecured … Continue reading

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Pension PlayPen needs your digits.


  Digital marketing is something we’re having to learn as we go along. We’ve got to find 1,000,000 employers who don’t have a workplace pension and convince them of the importance of paying some attention to what their staff invest … 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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Will CDC be available to everyone with a DC pot – or just a lucky few?


A snag has emerged in the Drafting of the Pension Schemes Bill (that will introduce Defined Ambition and with it CDC). It’s one of those little things that seems easy to fix but which has potentially huge consequences, a bit like … Continue reading

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How retirement products evolve (and revolve).


  There are three drivers that shape the evolution of financial products – supply, demand and Government intervention. Between the mid 80s and today Britain has seen a Financial Services Revolution that has been no less dramatic than the agrarian … Continue reading

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Time to ditch the “institutional” from pensions


  There has always been a gulf between retail and institutional pensions. But I have never felt it so inappropriate . Retail pensions were sold on commission, organised by insurance company and regulated by the Treasury via the FCA and its … Continue reading

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