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How pensions restrain public sector pay and services.


The latest discussions about how we will manage the nation’s finances are focussing on public sector pay.Nick Clegg tells us that his party will make sure   wages would rise in real terms for two years from 2016, and then … Continue reading

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Pension salary sacrifice – how to make friends (and keep the bosses happy)!


Whether you’re an agent or working in-house processing pension payments are or will be part of your payroll duties. But are you doing all you can to make those pension payments as efficient to your employer as they can be? … Continue reading

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The freedom to transfer your pension benefits


The freedom to transfer pension benefits has since the 5th April been denied to millions of those with deferred pensions. If you are a member of an unfunded Government pension scheme (any scheme other than the Local Government schemes), they … Continue reading

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Advance Australia Fair!


I have never been to Australia, I should go I know, but we have Earl’s Court. My good friend Jim Hennington has recently returned to his native Oz after a few years over here teaching us some tricks on how to … Continue reading

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Why are we so unproductive?


News is out that Britain produces in five days what the French produce in four Robert Peston has written a series of articles on this over the past few days. Here is the gist of it. on the basis of … Continue reading

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“How were those freedoms for you?” – Two events to help us find out!


The press offices of all the major insurers have been busy printing announcements of how they have seen a tenfold increase in enquiries about pension benefits this week. Pension Wise has been open for bookings and Michelle Cracknell and the TPAS … Continue reading

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Advisers advise, fiduciaries govern.


I am going to New York next month to talk about risk sharing in the UK. I will be sharing my session with Simon Nelson of Eckler, a Canadian actuary and we’re comparing notes at the moment. I’d like to … Continue reading

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Should we be trusted with our pension pot?


Today’s the day those over 55 can start taking their pension pots as they like;- except you can’t because the insurance companies are closed for the Bank Holiday except  your defined contribution pension provider may not have adapted its systems yet except you … Continue reading

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Why I’m against this pension commission


I am stuck in the middle of Scotland, it is April and I am snowed in high above Loch Rannoch. Tired of walking through blizzards I am attending to my e-mails which includes a missive from my friend Steve (the Pension) … Continue reading

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Two thirds of SMEs are pension virgins.


New research is out on the purchasing intentions of the remaining 1.2m employers who aren’t “in” to auto-enrolment. Of the  SMEs surveyed who are yet to stage, two thirds (66%) don’t have any existing pension arrangements for their staff while … Continue reading

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