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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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Helping carers to a proper pension..


How hard is it for us to get those who care for others , the same pension rights as those of us cared for by our employers? Rather hard – it would seem – at least according to yesterday’s Moneybox. … Continue reading

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Consistency and Simplicity (guest blog – Ralph Frank)


  The current UK pension taxation regime gives preferential treatment to Defined Benefit (“DB”) savers relative to Defined Contribution (“DC”) savers at both theAnnual Allowance (“AA”) and Lifetime Allowance (“LA”) levels.  The current taxation system is overly complex, with two … Continue reading

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Whose risk is it anyway?


No matter how we look at it – we do not- and will not- live in a command economy. That means we have to take decisions for ourselves rather than be told how to live our lives. If you want … Continue reading

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For Ros Altmann, the best is yet to come.


Ros Altmann is our new pension minister, this is unequivocally good news. For years people have been poking fun at Ros Altmann for her claims to be a Government Advisor. Between 2001 and 2005 she was an advisor to no … Continue reading

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Important days for pensions


David Cameron will be announcing his new cabinet members and more junior ministers this week. Those of us who work in pensions already know that Ian Duncan Smith will remain Minister of State at the DWP, but who will be … Continue reading

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Pension pandemonium within 12 months!


  “F*ck the file” that’s what I say- or what I would say if I wasn’t in an office full of people who live, eat and breathe Excel. I’d like my office to be file-less within 5 years (make that … Continue reading

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Dear Government- “Five do’s, five don’ts” – #pensions


For those slipping quietly into retirement in the UK the political promises are about the revaluation of your state benefits, the payment of your winter allowance and the tax treatment of your savings and income. Whatever you have done or not … Continue reading

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Technology – not short-cuts – points the way to good pensions.


Pension Providers are challenged by later-stage auto-enrolment Let’s be under no illusions. The scale of the challenge facing workplace pension providers from auto-enrolment in 2016 is every bit as daunting for them as the challenge to payroll , advisers and employers. … Continue reading

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What’s inside the wrapper’s – what matters! Guest blog from Ralph Frank


  I often find myself bemused, and/or confused, when I see investment portfolios specified in terms of product wrappers (e.g. unit trusts, exchange traded funds, structured notes etc.) instead of the underlying investments (e.g. equities, bonds etc.).  The underlying investments, … Continue reading

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