Tag Archives: Pension new

Does drawdown need a charges cap for pension drawdown


This post was written a few months ago but never published. The main thrust is still relevant, the thrust is that we are better off building better and more relevant products than trying to squeeze drawdown into a shirt two … Continue reading

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The markets are back but the damage is done.


There are those who thrive on the ups and downs of the stock market; high frequency traders take fractional advantage of moves up and down and like wind farms, make most when it’s stormy. You can buy and sell this … Continue reading

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Pot follows member – over a cliff?


There’s a great saying in racing “I’d follow that horse over a cliff”. It’s a morbid comment on most gambler’s instinct to chase losses for sentimental rather than economic reasons. When conviction sets in, then rationality is the loser and … Continue reading

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How do you compare pension default funds?


    An old colleague contacted me yesterday with a simple (but great) question. “how do you compare pension default funds”. I can speak on this for First Actuarial, who provide the investment ratings on default funds for the Pension … Continue reading

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The tricky job of enrolling the self-employed into pensions


The estimate from the Citizen’s Advice Bureau that some 460,000 extra workers are currently missing out on auto-enrolment because employers deem them independently self-employed seems reasonable. When employers conduct a workforce assessment, they generally do so with a cut of … Continue reading

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MUTINY AT THE BOUNTY!


Yesterday was a shocker!   As many of you know, (from first hand experience), I spend much of the summer driving my boat and guests up and down the Thames. Yesterday was no exception. What made yesterday different, was my … Continue reading

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Come on Sage – you can and should do better!


Sage are a great British success story. Over the past 20 years they have become pre-eminent as a payroll software supplier and latterly a portal for a range of back-office business solutions. Www.pensionplaypen.com is itself a business customer, using SagePay … Continue reading

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Everything’s a prototype – nothing on the web will last.


  The way people think about websites has changed so much over the past three years. This morning I read an article called “web design is dead” in which the author, Sergio Nouvel (@shesho) argues that internet innovation has shifted from … Continue reading

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Are the goal posts about to be moved again? (guest blog by Ralph Frank)


  This week has seen the announcement of another consultation, this time intofinancial advice.  The terms of reference have been published at this stage, with the details of the consultation to follow in the Autumn.   One of the stated … Continue reading

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WOW – RDR II just broke out!


The FCA have launched what they call “a major new review looking at how financial advice could work better for consumers”. A quick scan of the Terms of Reference of this Financial Advice Market Review suggests it is as ambitious in … Continue reading

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