Tag Archives: Government

Pension PlayPen wins AccountingWeb community award


This time last year I had never heard of http://www.accountingweb.co.uk. Yesterday I heard that I have been named their personality of the year. I am very proud and very grateful. AccountingWEB's Community Award winners of 2014, featuring @henryhtapper @NMPatel & … Continue reading

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How Government can ensure capacity for good pensions advice and provision


There are concerns over whether the UK has enough spare power capacity over the coming years. So to ensure the lights stay on the government is offering electricity producers a “capacity payment”, which is a payment simply for having power … Continue reading

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Hats off to all workplace pension providers


  I’ve referred earlier this week to an excellent article by Kim North in Money Marketing in which she points to the ongoing work Scottish Widows have been doing on the participation of women in workplace pensions. In the same … Continue reading

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Clap along if you feel that happiness is the truth!


Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof! Clap along if you feel that happiness is the truth! Clap along if you know what happiness is to you! Clap along if you feel like that’s what you … 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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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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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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Does Generation X really trust the Internet?


  I laugh at my Mum who goes to Shaftesbury library to find out what to do. She’s 84 and you’d have thought she’d have learned how to use an iphone by now. I mean my 17 year old kid … Continue reading

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