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Let’s talk about risk – trustees, let’s talk about you and me..


Members cannot take exercise freedoms on pensions in payment so the decision to draw a DB pension is as irreversible as buying an annuity. Trustees need to make their members knowledgeable about their options. Continue reading

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How Payroll can avoid offering pension advice (in 5 easy lessons)!


The blog in a nutshell This is a long risk-warning to payroll bureau and their software suppliers  who may be considering providing advice to employers by reducing the choice of pension options to one – a default. If you don’t … Continue reading

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Independence just got that little bit more valuable.


Standard Life have announced that they are setting up a salesforce offering restricted advice . Apparently it demonstrates the insurer’s commitment to the advisory sector. I suspect it is a recognition that the experiment providing mass market independent advice is all but … Continue reading

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Good news from the Regulators


          It has been an important week for the regulation of workplace pensions. Not only have the DWP published the rules that govern workplace pensions qualifying to be used for auto-enrolment, but the FCA  published – … Continue reading

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The enormous importance of Legal and General


  If one insurer has done more than any other for workplace pensions it is Legal & General. For early stagers like Marks & Spencer they opened a master trust , they were the first insurer to adopt clean 50bps … Continue reading

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De-risking strategy found in pocket of comatose trustee


  The Pension Plowman rifling through the pockets of a trustee lying in the gutter following an all night pension celebration , has found too documents, the first a copy of Corporate Adviser the full text of which can be … Continue reading

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What do I do with my defined benefit pension?


  Many people have defined benefit rights (commonly called “frozen pensions”). Some people continue to build up defined benefit pension rights, most are in Government backed schemes. A large number of people are enjoying pensions from theses defined benefit schemes. … Continue reading

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How did IFAs end up payroll experts?


  In 2011 I started getting interested in payroll. Having read the automatic enrolment regulations it seemed I’d have to if my firm was to help employers. In 2012 and 2013 and 2014 I was named among the top 50 … Continue reading

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What should employers do about pensions?


Employers pay pensions – don’t they? It’s baked into the DNA of Government social policy that a part of the welfare system is managed by employers prepared to fund an employee benefit that provides a certain income in retirement. So … Continue reading

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How competitive is our private pension system?


    We are three months away from the launch of the new pension freedoms and not much is happening. There ain’t nothing shaking but the leaves on the trees! NEST has issued a lengthy consultation on what it should … Continue reading

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