Tag Archives: Public Sector Pensions

How much should I spend on retirement?


People get frightened by this question – they shouldn’t! The simple answer is that we all pay into a national pension scheme through national insurance and you can find out what you’re likely to get from the State we completing … Continue reading

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“Educated beyond their intelligence”


Denis Skinner’s recent gibe at Tory Ministers ,and George Osborne in particular, is brilliant (even if the phrase was coined by another). For me- it will be a defining epithet for the coalition- it sums up the best and worst … 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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What will these pension freedoms cost the Treasury?


There appear to be two versions of the Treasury’s costings of these new found freedoms we’ll be getting post April 2015. The first were published at the time of the budget and (with the proviso that the Treasury don’t know … Continue reading

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Making every minute count -effective Guidance at Retirement


            Many people say that you cannot do much to really help people in a thirty minute guidance session. I disagree; more importantly, Michelle Cracknell disagrees. Michelle is the CEO of The Pension Advisory Service … Continue reading

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“Something will turn up” – the Pensions PlayPen Lunch 12th May


Something usually turns up at a Pension PlayPen lunch. At yesterday’s lunch I had to wait till injury time to get my Eureka moment and it came from a first time luncher – Chris Radford. Chris’ contention was that when … Continue reading

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The new Mastertrust Assurance Framework (MAF)


Amidst the deluge of new consultations, the joint consultation on the Mastertrust Governance has been pretty well lost to sight. Published last week it can be found here. It’s the work of a group of accountants (organised by the ICAEW) … 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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“What’s it like to be retired?”


It could be the trending chant at any event that Alex Ferguson turns up to – a taunt to a man who having lost control has seen slump into mundanity in a few short months. Financial wellbeing in later life … Continue reading

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Honest research from Towers Watson on employer attitudes to workplace pensions


I have a lot of respect for Towers Watson. They may be big but they have kept their integrity through their expansion and the people who work for them demonstrate a focus on their customers and an intellectual integrity that … Continue reading

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