Tag Archives: pensions

The transfer mess gets worse…


It’s been some weeks since I wrote about transfers. To recap, I have been predicting a seizure in the transfer market , resulting from high demand, low-advisory capacity and pipes blocked with regulatory effluent. So it doesn’t come as a … Continue reading

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Pension PlayPen’s response to the Treasury on pension tax-relief


The Treasury has asked eight great questions which go to the heart of how we incentivise pension saving. Here are our responses. We haven’t formally sent these responses to the Treasury yet, so if you have any comments, please send … Continue reading

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If that’s all there is my friends – well let’s keep working!


The numbers are out , extracted by the tenacious Josephine Cumbo @henryhtapper @citizensadvice @tpas Only 18,000 TPAS/CAB appointments. 925000 people checked out Pension Wise online. — Josephine Cumbo (@JosephineCumbo) July 22, 2015 Jo and I probably share differing levels of … Continue reading

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Corporate Myopia


“Myopia” medically means short-sighted, in business a company is myopic if it cannot see the bigger picture. Businesses get short-sighted easily enough, typically when they do not need to try very hard and can concentrate on maximising return on easy wins. … Continue reading

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Towers Watson’s mansion on the hill.


It’s good to see Pension Minister Ros Altmann paying some attention to the pension small schemes sign up to as part of staging auto-enrolment. Corporate Adviser run the article, the link’s here. Of course Ros is thinking about the 1,200,000 … Continue reading

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Beware “black-box” auto-enrolment “solutions”.


Katie Morley of the de Daily Telegraph has written an important article claiming that the occupational schemes set up to relieve the needy of their pension savings before retirement are now turning their sights on auto-enrolment. This may or may not … Continue reading

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This scaremongering on auto-enrolment has to stop!


Scaremongering Scaremongering sells newspapers and we love to be afraid. It is easy to write stories that play on our fears, because they are the ones we want to read. But that doesn’t make scaremongering alright, just as it doesn’t … Continue reading

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How safe is your workplace pension?


The opportunity to improve pension fund charging. Let us pause for a moment and consider what we are buying into when we set up a workplace pension for our staff. On the face of it, nobody enrolled into a workplace … Continue reading

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Free to overpay tax?? – what kind of freedom is that?


Question – when is a freedom a pension freedom? Answer- when its got a big tax-bill attached! The pensions minister Ros Altmann has said the government’s proposals to tax pensions in a similar way to individual savings accounts could be … Continue reading

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NEST – an explanation please!


Yesterday I jokingly referred to the Pension Regulator as the Pension Troublemaker. Its announcement yesterday of a “Directory” of two spells trouble for master trusts who are not on their way to getting the Master Trust Assurance Framework (RRP £15-100K … Continue reading

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