Tag Archives: DWP

Don’t get fooled by the phoney pension giveaway


The phoney give-away The most accurate measure for the success of private pensions in the UK is the replacement ratio; a measure of what percentage of people’s pre-retirement income is replaced by savings specifically for retirement. Steve Webb and the … Continue reading

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“My pension offer” – explaining CDC to a confused public!


John Ralfe has been expressing his frustration that none of the CDC champions have made him a two page offer to tell him what a CDC pension offer might look like. I’ve not done this yet, partly because I’ve been … 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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What’s that coming over the hill…? NAPF CDC DEBATE #Fail


  The NAPF CDC Debate The debate on how we organise our retirement incomes from our pension savings was not progressed at the NAPF’s CDC focussed pension connections meeting last night. A half filled room witnessing a debate between two “Pale … Continue reading

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Auto-enrolment; – tPR’s despatches from the trenches


Auto-enrolment is like Flanders in 1914.  Those wishing to see universal adoption of workplace pensions within Britain’s employment structure are digging in for an onslaught that has barely begun. Our Ypres’ and Passchendaeles’ are yet to come. We are still in … Continue reading

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Everything you wanted to know about the AE Common Data Standard (in 500 words)


  What’s the point? There are around 30 pension providers an employer can choose to set up their workplace pension and around 40 further providers who will convert their existing workplace pension into a scheme that qualifies for workplace pension. … Continue reading

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Why IFA’s have nothing to fear and everything to gain!


  This morning I am chairing Money Marketing’s AE Invitational in Swindon. These will be my opening comments to the audience of invited IFAs who I’m looking forward to spending the morning with.   ” When I started selling insurance, … 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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A beginner’s guide to annuities


Annuities haven’t got a very good name at the moment. They are blamed for many problems which are not their fault. One problem with annuities is that most people don’t understand them! Another problem with annuities is that people have … Continue reading

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Fear of feedback


Everyone knows what social media does. For every blog there are comments, every forum has its threads, some twitter conversations last for weeks. It is the interaction between author and reader that makes it distinctive. The “Letter in the Times” … Continue reading

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