Tag Archives: Pension Poverty

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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Think first – sell later


Think first – sell later- a dictum to be followed in the next 12 months 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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“Let them eat cack” – why does Government still think individual annuities can work?


Steve Webb has been at it again, suggesting that the annuity crisis could be solved if we had a one year cooling off period after we’d bought an annuity in which we could take it back (with a receipt) and exchange it … Continue reading

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TPAS – the light shines on!


TPAS – bridging the pensions advisory gap! The light shines on… Continue reading

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Make or break day for the pensions charge cap


“cap or no cap”, don’t expect what Steve Webb says today to be the end of the story! Continue reading

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Getting use to managing pensions ourselves


The ideas of personal financial empowerment and independent financial advice grew up hand in hand. But they are mutually exclsusive concepts and ill-matched bedfellows. Now that we have the means to do it ourselves, we need to be allowed to. … 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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IFAs need to reconnect with workplace pensions in 2014


The answer is very simple, it’s in technology, in the application of actuarial science and – (surprise, surprise) in http://www.pensionplaypen.com ! Continue reading

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Play “FANTASY AUTO-ENROLMENT” and help 1m employers through staging


I don’t know who you are or why you’re reading this. I’m grateful you are though! Every day about 450 people get a blog from me, login to http://www.pensionplaypen or follow a link from twitter, linkedin or Facebook to what … Continue reading

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