Tag Archives: Public Sector Pensions

LTA exposes the DC horror-show.


Because I am on holiday, I am reading the Sunday Papers. Someone has bought the Sunday Times which I haven’t read for at least 2 billion years. I’m left with the business pages and two articles by Ian Cowie about … Continue reading

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We need a tank to get us across this battlefield!


We must dispel myths we have created and allow to malinger to the detriment of CDC and our pension system. Continue reading

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Will pension freedoms be the death of Defined Benefit?


  I thought it was the last supper (or at least the last pension playpen lunch). We had twelve men around the table (no women) and there was sombre expectation as we considered the impact small changes in tax legislation … Continue reading

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A tax on a tax


Yesterday I wrote about the various Government interventions that employers in the UK have had to cope with. My point was that the employer is increasingly being used as the unpaid agent of the welfare state. Auto-enrolment is one case … Continue reading

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E-Christmas Cards – a very rum idea if you ask me.


What do you do with e-christmas cards? They bother me. “E-Christmas card” is a misnoma, most of these e-thingies seem the product of the thought police who de-risk corporate communications. “Merry” is of course out – a whiff of intoxication … Continue reading

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The PPF – our great escape!


We get used to talking about the failure of the private sector to deliver proper pension outcomes. We are incensed by the shortcomings in governance that has allowed well funded local government schemes to feed the City’s insatiable need for … Continue reading

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“To meet the needs of those in the middle” – what pension consultancy should be about!


The Advert On Tuesday I am sitting on a panel with good friends; Otto Thoresen, author of the Thoresen report; Mathew Arends, Partner at Aon Hewitt, Duncan Buchanan president of the Society of Pension Consultants. The session will be chaired … Continue reading

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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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