Tag Archives: Politics

This country needs a proper debate about old age


Do we understand  how people want to get paid in retirement? Yesterday I wrote about the American 401K system and the risks taken by people who become too cautious as they become older. The value judgements implicit in the report … Continue reading

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The Queens Speech; the sausage sandwich game – for pensions!


The Pensions Reforms in the Queens Speech had been broadly flagged in the Sunday Telegraph and subsequently. Nonetheless, the inclusion of Defined Ambition Pensions (aka CDC) (aka Target Pensions) is still a major surprise and will further stretch the UK … Continue reading

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Ten mistakes CDC cannot repeat.


CDC (Target Pensions Plans)  look likely to happen If, as now seems likely, we get the easements in a Pensions Bill to run collective DC schemes then the pressure will turn on those (like me) who have lobbied for change- … Continue reading

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“I’m pretty sure my client has a pension issue..”


  This is as close as I can get to a verbatim conversation I had on the phone with the head of a small practice of accountants yesterday-it is edited to concentrate on the core issue she had – what … Continue reading

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A great way to deliver the Guidance Guarantee (for the right employer)


Josh Collins   In recent weeks, I’ve been taking the temperature of the pension trustees of large employers and found that enthusiasm for providing guidance to employees at retirement is limited. This is understandable. Do trustees want to become surrogate … Continue reading

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Fundless fund platforms?


Over the past fifteen years, new technology has brought us the fund platform, open architecture and unlimited choice. It has not brought us good fund governance and that’s what’s round the corner. But we are about to find that the … Continue reading

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Why employers cannot be “provider agnostic” about their workplace pension.


At http://www.pensionplaypen.com, we are horrified by the slapdash way in which employers are choosing workplace pensions and the complacency of their advisers who seem solely intent on selling payroll and HR middleware. Continue reading

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More trust, fewer Trusts please!


Take a look at this table (reproduced with the express permission of the Pension Regulator). It tells us that we have too many private sector trust based DC schemes (it also tells that we don’t know the difference between a GPP and DC … Continue reading

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PQM – under new management, deserves a second chance


  News that Adrian Boulding has taken the chair at the Pension Quality Mark and that its new MD is crack Kiwi-saver Justine Tate, roused me to re-engage with a venture I had thought as much use as a chocolate … Continue reading

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How pensions are impacted by the bank bonus culture


State Street need something better than the “need and greed” culture that fostered these frauds and Mastertrusts and IGCs need something better than the toothless response to these excesses Continue reading

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