Tag Archives: DWP

Helen Dean – the right person for the NEST top job.


Helen Dean’s appointment as the new CEO of NEST , seems to have been greeted with a stifled yawn by the Pensions Press. Helen has the lowest of profiles, no social media presence, hardly a speaking engagement and a declaration … Continue reading

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How interoperable are you?


One of the Friends of Auto-Enrolment’s groups is called the interoperability task-force. I think Andy Agethangelou makes these names up so his name seems short by comparison. “Interoperability” is a concept I haven’t come across before, but like a lot … Continue reading

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Bad practice or malpractice?


Johnson hath spoken! Michael is one of the few people who owes the financial services industry nothing. His voice is independent and trustworthy and his latest contribution to the debate on how we fund our retirement is welcome Pensions are … Continue reading

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Supply-side woes , buy-side goes; the disappearing pension billions


It’s not hard to spend a billion, not if you’re a nation that knows how to spend but finds it hard to save. As Osborne found, a generation of planning can be unwound in a minute. Were the tax rules … Continue reading

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NEST – Lamborghini or Trabant?


Yesterday I wrote about NEST’s great steps towards an integrated approach to the management of auto-enrolment data. I didn’t hear anyone else asking the question “is NEST acting as a force for good or is it over-stepping the remit we , … Continue reading

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Let my pension go!


Pension Fiction? Friends Life has (in it’s new Aviva colours) decided to U-turn and not offer people the freedom of the bank account to its personal pension policyholders. Ros Altmann has laid into the insurance industry- as Pension Minister – and … Continue reading

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Is commission really dying?


There has been nothing that has so harmed the image of pensions over the past thirty years as the deception of commission. I don’t want to use phrases such as “lack of transparency” or words like “opacity” words like these … Continue reading

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When you’re 64… buy the state pension! (girls buy even earlier!)


  I chaired and spoke at a number of retirement income seminars last month – you may have been at one. While I was encouraged by the engagement and education of the audience in financial products, I was frustrated by the scope … Continue reading

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Spurring Altmann on


This must be an odd time for our new pension minister – Ros Altmann. As I’m finding out coming back from America, the first few days can carry you through on adrenalin. But then comes that wave of tiredness as … Continue reading

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First we take Manhattan…


Canada bores me. I have only two cultural references for the place, Supertramp – (the band that drove me to punk in the 1970s) and South Park the movie which urges Americans to “blame Canada, they’re not even a real country anyway”. I know … Continue reading

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