Tag Archives: Government

21st Century Retirement Income Update


  Well here I am in a Village hotel under the M1 seven miles south of Leeds to chair a day long conference on the opportunities for financial advisers from George Osborne’s Budget Changes (the photo is the lovely view … Continue reading

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“Nest’s auto-enrolment -innit!” – “no it ain’t!”


  Auto-enrolment and NEST are synonymous to many. Hugh Pym, the BBC’s chief economic correspondent  told me he thought you could only auto-enrol into NEST and the mistake was repeated by Rachel Burden this morning on auto-enrolment. Rachel told the listeners … Continue reading

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How we see the new annuity framework working


Pension PlayPen response to the Treasury Paper “Freedom and choice in pensions.”     Pension PlayPen Ltd trades as http://www.pensionplaypen.com and is a leading portal through which employers and their advisers access information establish workplace pensions. This response has been … Continue reading

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Will some employers need their own IGCs?


  This blog’s for any employer or adviser with an existing workplace pension scheme (GPP or Stakeholder Pension), where you chose the funds offered to your staff.   I asked a question of the Pensions Regulator this week. He’d put … Continue reading

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Beyond compliance…how to integrate your workplace pension into your business


What is your organisation trying to get out of auto-enrolment? The answer will be as diverse as our business strategies! If we had to generalise, we at First Actuarial would chuck all the answers into two buckets; Bucket One is … Continue reading

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“The predictable alternative to drawdown”


  “Drawdown scares me”. It scares me because I am on my own, it scares me because I get a bumpy ride and most of all it scares me because I know that if I drawdown at a minute of … Continue reading

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Putting financial bloggers in their place


    Yesterday was interesting. I was shortlisted for Pensions Personality of the year  –  thanks to all who voted Pension Play Pen was shortlisted for technology solutions provider of the year - please vote here Another media awards event , the ABI … Continue reading

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PQM – under new management, deserves a second chance


  News that Adrian Boulding has taken the chair at the Pension Quality Mark and that its new MD is crack Kiwi-saver Justine Tate, roused me to re-engage with a venture I had thought as much use as a chocolate … Continue reading

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Who will be cleaning out the stables in the next two years?


  There are more than 10,000 employers who are running saving schemes for their staff  as qualifying workplace pensions. The introduction of minimum standards for these schemes in “Better workplace pensions, further measures for savers“, begs the question – who is going … Continue reading

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9 days that shook the (pension) world.


  It began with the budget and ended with an FCA probe on Zombie funds. On the way we have had an 111 page paper that provides an ongoing framework for pension governance , bans pension commission and caps provider … Continue reading

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