Tag Archives: Society

Post budget capacity challenge for insurers


    Scottish Widows boss Toby Strauss has told the Telegraph that his company is already facing a capacity crunch as it digests the impact of legislative changes over the past two years and faces the challenges of 2015. The … 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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Freddie Flintoff’s fabulous comeback; T20 Finals Day


The Blast Finals Day held at Edgbaston is the best value major sporting event of the summer. For £50 you can get a full 11 hours of cricket and a bunch of support acts including the magnificent Mascot Race, a … Continue reading

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Please don’t discourage saving (guest blog from Ralph Frank)


  The Department for Work and Pensions (“DWP”) recently released its latest “scenario analysis of future pension incomes” (the “Analysis”). A key finding of the Analysis is that the proportion of people under-saving for retirement increases as income rises. Part … Continue reading

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Pension PlayPen needs your digits.


  Digital marketing is something we’re having to learn as we go along. We’ve got to find 1,000,000 employers who don’t have a workplace pension and convince them of the importance of paying some attention to what their staff invest … Continue reading

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Andrew Young – 65 not out – a pensions legend!


  Andrew Young is the Pension Regulator’s Strategy Director, he is the go to guy in UK pensions if you want to understand the implications of Government Policy. He has been a mentor to me since I first met him … Continue reading

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Friends of CDC calls for action! – our letter in the Times


  This letter appears in this morning’s edition of the Times Dear Sir, We all deserve access to pension products that provide us with better and more certain outcomes. Other European countries encourage private pension systems which are far more efficient … Continue reading

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Do I need a TV anymore?


    Other than for the prurience of watching Tina’s come uppance on Corrie. I have not engaged with terrestrial TV for some time. Phone and laptop in hand I have found all I needed on the Monaco Grand Prix, … Continue reading

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“Better workplace pensions – further measures for savers”


Recognise the title? It’s what the DWP chose to call their Command Paper on charges. This paper is not a justification for a charge cap, it’s a new framework for DC pension governance. It’s gone un-noticed but only one chapter … Continue reading

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Would you vote for the Pension PlayPen?


  When you are building a brand, you need recognition and much as we’d love to be on News at 10 every week, our brand Pension PlayPen can only become relevent if it makes lots of noise. So I spend … Continue reading

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