Tag Archives: Saving

Pensions Austerity – tougher for the rich than the poor?


Speculating on budgetary changes is a mugs’ game and I’ve been as guilty as any of trying to second guess not only the direction but the destination of travel – following the announcements last year of a radical overhaul of … Continue reading

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Confusing intermediaries


Whether we are talking about saving (accumulation) or spending (decumulation) the issue is the same. Continue reading

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Preparing for an auto-enrolment capacity crunch.


The Telegraph is running a story suggesting that the DWP are drawing up a plan B for auto-enrolment that could see the timeline for initial staging stretch to the next decade. Nannies, gardeners and staff at small firms may not get … Continue reading

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Is increasing complexity making pension saving harder ? – guest blog by Ralph Frank.


The most conclusive finding of a recent survey by PwC into pensions taxation was not even related to the respondents’ views on the central question of the survey (namely, the most appealing tax scenario for their pension)! Sixty percent of … Continue reading

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Why I want to be old – rich and pay no tax!


There’s a famous story, now fading from popular memory about Strand, a brand of cigarettes in the sixties. Strand came out with a strap-line “you’re never alone with a Strand” It killed the brand stone-dead. People associated smoking a Strand … Continue reading

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What AE’s doing to pension saving – guest blog from Richard White


Richard White works for Portal Financial a Rochester based IFA who are producing some really interesting stuff on pensions. This is Richard’s first blog for us and I hope we’ll be able to feature more! Research highlighted in our blog post … Continue reading

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Lassitude or laxitude – 100 days of pension freedoms


“Lassitude” or “Laxitude” – what’s your judgement on how we’re carrying on? Or is this all just fine? Lassitude is a “proper” word that describes a lazy behaviour resulting from world weariness, laxitude is a made up word that describes … Continue reading

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Raining on pensions (again)! Guest Blog from Ralph Frank


    The 2015 Summer Budget has delivered a series of blows to pensions in the UK.  The Chancellor of the Exchequer claims that “the government is committed to supporting savers at all stages of their lives to help them … Continue reading

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“Living longer? -Epic. Needing to pay for it? -Challenging”. Vivi Friedgut on long-term saving.


Have fun when you’re young, enjoy yourself, you only live once and the future will take care of yourself. Ever been given that advice? Nice sound-bites but only really applicable to those fortunate enough to have a large financial safety … Continue reading

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Young People and Pensions


This is a blog by Vivi Friedgut of @blackbullion; she is also responsible for the picture and its contents!   Pensions don’t make for the most thrilling conversations. Like verrucas, funerals or the dream you had last night, talking about … Continue reading

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