Tag Archives: Employment

Clarity needed on NEST’s finances


  The Pension Regulator has announced it intends to introduce a Directory of workplace pensions. The criteria for inclusion will be that the workplace pension must meet the Quality Standards being introduced from 2015 and that the workplace will be universally … Continue reading

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Pensions too boring for DWP select committee member


  Nigel Mills MP, who sits on the DWP’s Pension Select committee is so committed to his task that he chose to turn up to a DWP committee meeting as a part of the recent pensions debate. He used the time to  play … Continue reading

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What is the future of UK pensions?


  On Wednesday (10th December)  I will be speaking at a Prospect conference which asks “what is the future of Pensions” in the UK. It is great to see journalists from outside the pension industry picking up on the issues … Continue reading

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We need a Bus and a Lamborghini!


My friend Ralph Frank is very good at putting his finger on the problem. If he was a Doctor, I’d trust his diagnosis and I like to think of him with a stethoscope prodding around the body financial – listening … Continue reading

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“Investing for the long-term” – guest blog from Ralph Frank


The Financial Services Consumer Panel (“FSCP”) recently published a number of suggested options for reform of the governance, disclosure and pricing of investment products.  These options were based on the findings of two studies, one by Rajiv Jaitly and the … Continue reading

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People seeking safety at any price?


  I was annoyed to listen to one of the Bank of England’s Chief Economists Andy Haldane tell the BBC’s Robert Peston that people were seeking safety at any price. Passing the buck on to the “cautious consumer” may play … Continue reading

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Labour’s drawdown cap – right idea- wrong execution


Labour is calling for a cap on drawdown charges from April 2015. It is easy to see why. Currently there is a false market for drawdown with many customers paying as much as 4% pa for the management of their … Continue reading

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A miserable device; – guest blog from Ralph Frank


Members who cease paying into defined contribution pension arrangements often pay higher management charges than their colleagues who continue to add to their savings. This two-tier charging approach is euphemistically referred to as the ‘Active Member Discount’ (“AMD”). I guess … Continue reading

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Disclosing costs – we are almost there!


The Financial Services Consumer Panel have issued a damning condemnation on the £5tr British Funds Industry for failing to tell people what they are paying for and how much they are paying when they invest their money in British Funds. … Continue reading

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So what’s the point of the DC trustee?


  It’s the first rule of trusteeship- if you can’t measure it – don’t trust it. It’s the right of anyone who has their own pension pot to know how much they are paying for the management of their money. … Continue reading

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