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The time to clean up drawdon’s NOW!


We owe it to ourselves as Pension Professionals to make sure that we treat our customers fairly. Over the past three years we have seen a move to restore confidence in pensions, the RDR, auto-enrolment and the pension freedoms introduced … Continue reading

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Why we have no time for “Banker Immunity”.


  We have not seen bankers marched in handcuffs from their desks but now it seems we might. The regulators have put-out a consultation paper that seeks to pin accountability on Directors (including non-executive Directors). A good friend of mine … Continue reading

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Two into one will go!


Steve Webb’s admission that we need a single regulator is a sign of his strength . It takes guts to admit you’ve been wrong for four and a half years! I’d come to the same conclusion myself reckoning;- That the geographic split between Brighton … Continue reading

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How retirement products evolve (and revolve).


  There are three drivers that shape the evolution of financial products – supply, demand and Government intervention. Between the mid 80s and today Britain has seen a Financial Services Revolution that has been no less dramatic than the agrarian … Continue reading

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Three old farts on DC regulation


            John Reeve, whose previous comments on DC I have dismissed as the “wittering of an out of touch actuary”, has written a telling comment on mallowstreet. I’m sure he won’t mind me re-publishing it … Continue reading

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10 things we’d see in Monday’s Guidance Guarantee!


  Tomorrow (Monday 21st July), the Government will announce how it intends to deliver the guidance guaranteed to those reaching state pension age. We want an independent process that helps people  take decisions rather than telling people what to do. We can’t … Continue reading

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Why Steve Webb took a punt on CDC


To answer the question we need to understand the Government’s primary agenda; – to “win votes”. A secondary agenda is to “create a legacy by which it will be judged favourably”. If you are charitable, you might include a third … Continue reading

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The Queens Speech; the sausage sandwich game – for pensions!


The Pensions Reforms in the Queens Speech had been broadly flagged in the Sunday Telegraph and subsequently. Nonetheless, the inclusion of Defined Ambition Pensions (aka CDC) (aka Target Pensions) is still a major surprise and will further stretch the UK … Continue reading

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What will these pension freedoms cost the Treasury?


There appear to be two versions of the Treasury’s costings of these new found freedoms we’ll be getting post April 2015. The first were published at the time of the budget and (with the proviso that the Treasury don’t know … Continue reading

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Can we deliver the Guidance Guarantee?


We are all worried about the Guidance Guarantee, the content of what will be delivered and the quality of the delivery. We worry for a variety of reasons but mostly we worry that people will not get what they expected … Continue reading

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