Tag Archives: Employment

Why I work for First Actuarial


  First Actuarial celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and it has a lot to celebrate Record profits with turnover up from £12.5m to £14m All nine of the original Founders in place – now joined by a further 8 … Continue reading

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“Savers who cash in their pensions face charges of up to 20%”


  I repeat the Daily Mail’s headline which is absolutely accurate. I am glad that they did not use the word “penalties” as this implies a non-contractual lock-in being imposed by insurers. This is not what is happening. Insurers are … Continue reading

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What did you do in the war Daddy?


One of the most successful recruitment campaigns ever- focussed on this simple question. It asked young men to imagine themselves once the fighting stopped having to explain to those in their care the contribution they’d made to the war effort. … Continue reading

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From Conference to Premier – the rise of TPAS.


Visit the rickety offices of the Pension Advisory Service (TPAS) in Victoria and you’re in for a big surprise. Not for TPAS the City style of the Treasury funded Money Advice Service. This is “Macclesfield not Manchester”. While my pre-match Bovril turned out … Continue reading

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Pension PlayPen respond to FCA on IGCs and DC Governance


This is less of a blog – more of an epic! If you want to have a go yourself, the link is to http://www.fca.org.uk/your-fca/documents/consultation-papers/cp14-16-response-form   The Pension PlayPen’s response was submitted online and this text is what we got back … Continue reading

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We knew we were cheating our clients.


  Mark Wood (now of JLT and formerly of the Prudential) is calling on insurers to relax the early exit penalties on pension contracts set up in the “bad old days” when commission was paid in advance for premiums paid … Continue reading

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“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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We must party – it’s in our DNA!


Tonight it’s the Pension Play Pen party and well over 100 people have put their name on the guest list! If you haven’t worry not- there are still several hours to tell us you’re coming and heh! -mention you read … Continue reading

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Please don’t discourage saving (guest blog from Ralph Frank)


  The Department for Work and Pensions (“DWP”) recently released its latest “scenario analysis of future pension incomes” (the “Analysis”). A key finding of the Analysis is that the proportion of people under-saving for retirement increases as income rises. Part … 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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