Tag Archives: Human Resources

Standard Life comes up trumps


Four years ago I sat in a crowded room in the DWP’s offices, to hear insurer after insurer refuse to commit to providing a service to small and medium sized companies, let alone the micro employers of which there are … Continue reading

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“Better workplace pensions – further measures for savers”


Recognise the title? It’s what the DWP chose to call their Command Paper on charges. This paper is not a justification for a charge cap, it’s a new framework for DC pension governance. It’s gone un-noticed but only one chapter … Continue reading

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“What’s it like to be retired?”


It could be the trending chant at any event that Alex Ferguson turns up to – a taunt to a man who having lost control has seen slump into mundanity in a few short months. Financial wellbeing in later life … Continue reading

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When only a dedicated project manager will do – AE needs new advisers.


Most pension people trying to project manage auto-enrolment have found themselves out of their depth. Whether you are an actuarial consultant or an IFA the issue is the same- you know little about HR processes and less about payroll. Integrating … Continue reading

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Your life for sale – what a liquid annuity market could mean.


Why people like me get cross with him is that he is dangling carrots and waving sticks but the donkey is locked in the stable. To get the animal moving, Steve Webb or his successor is going to have to open the stable door. Continue reading

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Auto-enrolment for HR managers


It’s the employer’s job to get their staff to save. This is the simple message of this guide. Unfortunately, the devil’s in the detail and this guide is quite technical. re being Auto-enrolment is not just about complying with regulations, … Continue reading

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Employers can help staff with their money – if only we’d let them


It’s time companies got their mojo back and got real with staff. Www.pensionplaypen.com helps to do just that. Continue reading

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Good with food – not so good with money.


The sad events at the Co-operative Bank this year are not the first financial services scandal to hit the Co-operative movements. Less publicised but no less carnal, was the behaviour of the management of Co-operative Insurance Services (CIS) who were … Continue reading

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Why bother to save? – Invest instead!


What this policy is about is getting people to invest in real assets for the best interests in society Continue reading

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King Canute got governance about right!


If we are to become as effective in the management of our pension funds as our German and Dutch cousins, we are going to have learn the lessons of Canute and concentrate our governance though centralised channels focussing on things we can do something about. Continue reading

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