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It’s not just pension taxation that’s changing- products are!


Pension PlayPen’s Submission to the Parliamentary Committee reading the Pension Schemes Bill Continue reading

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Is the Chancellor the IFA’s “New Best Friend?”


    Another week, another change to the UK retirement savings environment – or at least, that’s how it feels! The latest changes to the tax regime tabled this week under the title ‘Pension Flexibility 2015’ were first published in … Continue reading

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Citizen’s Advice- the place to get pension guidance


George Osborne has announced the Citizen Advice Bureau as the delivery mechanism for face to face guidance over the new pension reforms. The Treasury announcement is here. This doesn’t come as a surprise – CAB had been after the work and … Continue reading

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“Hope I die before I get old..?”


  The quote’s from Pete Townsend and the Who’s “my generation”. It’s a brutal version of the Beatles’ “when I’m 64” but both songs are driven by the fear of getting old “will you still need, me, will you still … Continue reading

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The great pension bank robbery


  I give 2 ½ cheers George’s pension package, the “½” being for the complex misrepresented “death-tax” changes which are regressive, complicated and could easily have been dealt with using inheritance tax legislation already in place. I give no cheers … Continue reading

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Any questions on the Guidance Guarantee?


  This blog is about a conversation I had with the Pension Advisory Service. Following it I promised to feed back questions to TPAS about the Guidance Guarantee. The blog contains questions I want asking , some background on TPAS and … Continue reading

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Why we have no time for “Banker Immunity”.


  We have not seen bankers marched in handcuffs from their desks but now it seems we might. The regulators have put-out a consultation paper that seeks to pin accountability on Directors (including non-executive Directors). A good friend of mine … Continue reading

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In defence of genius.


Genius is not just misunderstood – it is persecuted. Those who didn’t get Copernicus, Galileo, Wordsworth or Darwin did not ignore these genius’, they set out to do them in. Bob Dylan when he laid out his Highway 61 album … Continue reading

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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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