Tag Archives: Politics

Don’t get fooled by the phoney pension giveaway


The phoney give-away The most accurate measure for the success of private pensions in the UK is the replacement ratio; a measure of what percentage of people’s pre-retirement income is replaced by savings specifically for retirement. Steve Webb and the … Continue reading

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A beginner’s guide to annuities


Annuities haven’t got a very good name at the moment. They are blamed for many problems which are not their fault. One problem with annuities is that most people don’t understand them! Another problem with annuities is that people have … Continue reading

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Making a buyer’s market for pensions


Organisations such as Which have always charged a subscription for their research. Those prepared to pay a regular monthly amount built libraries of reports which help us purchase everything from groceries to credit cards. Which put its readers in control- … Continue reading

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Please don’t discourage saving (guest blog from Ralph Frank)


  The Department for Work and Pensions (“DWP”) recently released its latest “scenario analysis of future pension incomes” (the “Analysis”). A key finding of the Analysis is that the proportion of people under-saving for retirement increases as income rises. Part … Continue reading

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One million employers buying pensions in the dark.


I am comfortable with the interventions by Government in the sales side of workplace pensions. The DWP’s minimum standards legislation is progressing well and we look forward to seeing some secondary legislation in September. The Treasury’s work transforming the choices … Continue reading

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Pension PlayPen needs your digits.


  Digital marketing is something we’re having to learn as we go along. We’ve got to find 1,000,000 employers who don’t have a workplace pension and convince them of the importance of paying some attention to what their staff invest … Continue reading

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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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