Tag Archives: Standard Life

Only we can tell who’s giving VFM on auto-enrolment support!


There’s been plenty of controversy in the last quarter about providers making upfront and regular charges for support. NEST have said they won’t charge – but employers need to be self- sufficient, People’s and NOW will both charge for support … Continue reading

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NOW – that’s what I call a puzzler!


NOW Pension’s decision to charge new customers £40pm from October has not gone down well with supporting intermediaries. One grumpy accountant commented  We have one client already signed up with Now and about to stage in two weeks. As I … Continue reading

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Don’t underestimate SME’s hunger for investment know-how!


I am  frustrated by the capitulation of many in the pension industry to the challenge faced by inducting 1.2m new employers into our funded pension culture. The Pension Apartheid practiced by the investment elite At a recent event, Joanne Segers, CEO … Continue reading

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The pernicious power of financial advertising


The incendiary resignation letter from Peter Oborne cites the removal of articles from the Telegraph’s website , claiming the articles went because of pressure from HSBC as a major advertiser. Buzzfeed have the story (and the article( here). I know … Continue reading

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Independence just got that little bit more valuable.


Standard Life have announced that they are setting up a salesforce offering restricted advice . Apparently it demonstrates the insurer’s commitment to the advisory sector. I suspect it is a recognition that the experiment providing mass market independent advice is all but … 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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When independence becomes “inter-dependence”


This blog addresses  Barnett Waddingham on its AE Solution . For those not familiar with these things- it is a packaged solution that provides you with Standard Life’s Good to Go workplace pension. I have written about Good to Go which is … Continue reading

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Time for the insurers to pipe down and get on with it!


  I like Jamie Jenkins of Standard Life, he’s a canny operator who shapes arguments to suit Standard Life very agreeably. His style is laconic, his humour dry and his observations are succinct and to the point. So I enjoyed … Continue reading

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When AE collaborations are a cop-out.


AE Collaborations such as those advertised in Pensions Extra last week are a “neat fusion” according to Zurich’s Stephen Leffley. Barnett Waddingham’s Damian Stancombe admits their collaboration with Standard Life was driven by providers cherry-picking but stresses “at the very … Continue reading

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A capacity crunch?


The prospect of debating whether we get a capacity crunch in Auto-enrolment drew a capacity-crunching crowd to Wragge & Co.’s offices yesterday afternoon. Under the convenance of heroically quiffed Andy Agethangelou, some 50 of us attended a symposium on the current state … Continue reading

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