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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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Is there a place for digital advice in pensions?


  I spoke yesterday at the Pershing Conference in Westminster. My pal David Calfo who is managing many of the seismic changes at the University Superanuaition Scheme  spoke with me and the session was chaired by Pershing’s Gerard Wellesley. It … Continue reading

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Straight talking from the IMA on charges?


  In one of the least incisive video interviews I’ve seen this year, here’s Ian Smith of Pensions Week quizzing Jonathan Lipkin- IMA Director of Public Policy Decision- on how the IMA and its members are facing up to the … Continue reading

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Freedom and choice – travelling in opposite directions, on the same journey or simply an accident waiting to happen?


This is another brilliant blog by the caustic insightful and very clever Ralph Frank, v 1.0 went out without an acknowledgement to Ralph-a Pension Plowman cock-up! The mantra of ‘freedom and choice’ has been in the forefront of the changes … Continue reading

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Advertising UCIS on Linked In?


I have received an unsolicited email on Linked in I hope you are well. We have a limited opportunity for your client’s to invest in a UK Eco Park Corporate Bond for a 15 month period with a guaranteed interest payment … Continue reading

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Parliament debates CDC -with a twist in the tail!


If you are generally interested in the way Britain will develop private pensions in the next twenty years, I would strongly recommend watching the two sessions of the General Committee reading the Pension Schemes Bill, The link to the video … Continue reading

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Block and delete – the only way to deal with “FROZEN PENSION. CO .UK


Today I took the unusual step (for me) of blocking and deleting John Adam of IM Consultants who trades through http://www.frozenpensions.co.uk and wants to unlock your pension to invest it in Brazilian rainforests and other investment scams. The disclaimer on … Continue reading

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Cold turkey


A large proportion of people in pensions are currently going through cold-turkey. I’m referring to those working for pension providers, advisers and employers who have benefited from commission for the past 30 years and are now finding the commission turned … Continue reading

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