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We need some disruption – to sort the Hard Problem


Tom Stoppard’s new play, the Hard Problem, asks whether individual consciousness (and the ideas of good and evil that go with it) can exist in a material world 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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All I want is easy access (baby)!


Easy Action When Marc Bolan wrote Solid Gold Easy Action in 1972, it was a smash hit , I was ten and I spent my savings to buy it But I can’t get no satisfaction All I want is easy action, … Continue reading

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Governance on parade – why we must show leadership.


From this year, insurance companies must create both internal and external controls to ensure they carry out the responsibilities they are taking on when helping us save and spend our pension pots. Yesterday afternoon I spent time with insurers and … Continue reading

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The next General Election cannot come soon enough! – guest blog from Ralph Frank


  The next General Election in the UK is scheduled for 7 May 2015. That date can’t come soon enough, bringing a little respite (if only temporarily) from what seems to be some sort of popularity contest between the Chancellor … Continue reading

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Why we will have to wait for our freedom.


A prospect of market failure The sentence may have been over-turned but the prisoner is not free. At best he can wander the prison yard but the prison gates remain locked and even when they open , the pension will … Continue reading

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Get your BR19 as your first step to being “Pension Wise”


Treasury now in charge of “Pension Wisdom”. Another Monday, another set of pension headlines. The Treasury announce that the Guidance Guarantee is no more and hereafter the delivery mechanism for the help we’ll be getting at retirement will be called … Continue reading

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The future of retirement – Pension PlayPen responds to NEST


  Why Pension PlayPen is responding Pension PlayPen is reluctantly responding to NEST’s consultation; reluctantly as we have been asked these questions before in a number of different guises. The report is long and so is this response. We are … Continue reading

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The bondage of advice.


Is this what we call regulated advice? Yesterday I told a cautionary tale about a friend who came close to sacrificing 105% of 10 years projected growth on his pension pot in advice and management fees. He asked the question “how can this … Continue reading

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How can this be?


A school friend of mine, came to see me yesterday with some paperwork. He had been reviewing his financial affairs. Like me , he is 53 and had been excited by talk of the new Pension Freedoms. The problem His … Continue reading

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