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Spin, spin and more spin – the Osborne tumble-dryer.


George Osborne’s oral statement that he was introducing a cap on exit penalties imposed on people trying to exercise their pension freedoms is turning out to be a joke, a tumble dryer of spin with nothing but old-rags to be … Continue reading

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All at sea! TPR’s “Trafalgar” for maritime and offshore workers.


Well done Lesley Titcombe and hurrah for our best naval victory since Trafalgar! Continue reading

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Ros Altmann’s first big political test


The WASPI petition is now in the hands of a small group of parliamentarians who decide whether the petition’s 100,000 signatories have enough of a point to trigger a parliamentary debate. Large as 100,000 is, it is not so politically … Continue reading

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Why now’s the time to get behind our Pensions Minister


  Good pension ministers, like good football managers are hard to find and harder to keep. They are hard to find as it is a job few that are up to it would want. They are hard to keep because … Continue reading

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Can the pension insurers win back their customers’ respect?


IGCs are ours to use and not the insurers to castrate. Continue reading

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“10 years too early, 10 years too late” – CDC stands on on an empty platform


Nearly eight years ago, the Government Actuary ‘s Department produced  a paper that effectively killed CDC. It argued that CDC could not be relied upon to deliver benefits with the same certainty as our DB system and that there was no … Continue reading

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Tidings of great joy from the ICAEW


Auto-enrolment is a worry to accountants. Estimates are pretty consistent that around two thirds of all employers staging auto enrolment will look to accountants for compliance with auto-enrolment regulations and help with choosing and setting up a workplace pension. Unfortunately … Continue reading

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Pensions are dead – long live pensions!


The OECD have spoken – British workers will have worse pensions than folk from any other OECD country; this from Patrick Collinson in  the Guardian. Workers in the UK will have the worst pensions of any major economy and the … Continue reading

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“Winning hearts and minds” – what IGCs can do for retirement saving!


What so concerned many of us when we read the comments from the Independent Governance Committee’s recent meetings at Evershed’s city offices, was that they showed no unified sense of purpose, no urgency and worst of all – confusion about … Continue reading

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What happened in Paris makes me want to win peace – not war!


In Paris there has been a massacre. Every week in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and in many African countries, there are massacres. In Syria, every day is a day of massacres. Massacres of people whose lives are as important as our … Continue reading

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