Tag Archives: Retirement

What should employers do about pensions?


Employers pay pensions – don’t they? It’s baked into the DNA of Government social policy that a part of the welfare system is managed by employers prepared to fund an employee benefit that provides a certain income in retirement. So … Continue reading

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How competitive is our private pension system?


    We are three months away from the launch of the new pension freedoms and not much is happening. There ain’t nothing shaking but the leaves on the trees! NEST has issued a lengthy consultation on what it should … Continue reading

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All I want is easy access (baby)!


Easy Action When Marc Bolan wrote Solid Gold Easy Action in 1972, it was a smash hit , I was ten and I spent my savings to buy it But I can’t get no satisfaction All I want is easy action, … Continue reading

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Governance on parade – why we must show leadership.


From this year, insurance companies must create both internal and external controls to ensure they carry out the responsibilities they are taking on when helping us save and spend our pension pots. Yesterday afternoon I spent time with insurers and … Continue reading

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KAS Bank – where integrity and independence are absolute


Late last year, KAS Bank appointed Dr Chris Sier as its UK Managing Director. It was a statement of intent and taken so those of us who have hoped to see the scales fall in favour of the consumers of … Continue reading

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Why we will have to wait for our freedom.


A prospect of market failure The sentence may have been over-turned but the prisoner is not free. At best he can wander the prison yard but the prison gates remain locked and even when they open , the pension will … Continue reading

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Get your BR19 as your first step to being “Pension Wise”


Treasury now in charge of “Pension Wisdom”. Another Monday, another set of pension headlines. The Treasury announce that the Guidance Guarantee is no more and hereafter the delivery mechanism for the help we’ll be getting at retirement will be called … Continue reading

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Let’s play fantasy CIO at NEST!


NEST has invited  all of us to play “fantasy CIO” and create a default investment strategy for its members to and through retirement. If you’re prepared to get to page 118 of the consultation paper, you are asked as question 18 … Continue reading

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The future of retirement – Pension PlayPen responds to NEST


  Why Pension PlayPen is responding Pension PlayPen is reluctantly responding to NEST’s consultation; reluctantly as we have been asked these questions before in a number of different guises. The report is long and so is this response. We are … Continue reading

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“An idealogical inexactitude” – A guest blog by Eamonn O’Connor


As the election season is in full swing, some reflections on the ideological conflict inherent in the pension changes in the air for 2015. From April, we will see the abolition of compulsory annuity purchase and, with it, the introduction … Continue reading

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