Monthly Archives: February 2017

Time for a stated pension strategy?


  We’re debating everything at the moment, from auto-enrolment to annuities, from the triple-lock to the state pension age. If you wanted to set  yourself up as a professional response writer, you could reflate our economy- Keynes style. Everyone is … Continue reading

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Is DB dead? Ask the tiger!


Next Monday (March 6th) the Pension Play Pen will be asking itself this question at its monthly lunch (12.30- partners room, Counting House Cornhill). I am in India and have spent the early hours of this morning tramping the hills … Continue reading

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Delhi -order out of chaos!


  30 hours into Delhi, seat of the Indian legislature and a place trying to make sense of a country that seems senseless. The influence of the Raj is all around you, even the brand new Leehla Palace Hotel tips … Continue reading

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Why WTW, Mercer and Aon cannot speak for us all.


Well I never! Aon Hewitt, Mercer and Willis Towers Watson have submitted a joint response to the FCA’s Asset Management Market Study Interim Report, proposing a number of measures to improve competition and transparency in the investment consultancy and fiduciary … Continue reading

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Indian pensioners – delighting me in Delhi


  I am en route to Delhi, I know nothing of India but what my Indian friends tell me and they tell me I will love it. I am not a born traveller, I find enough to amuse me in … Continue reading

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Let’s focus on real issues,not shock headlines- Dan Mikulskis on DB pensions


Though Redington and First Actuarial are very different types of consultancy, we share a concern for the future of DB and see many things in similar ways. This is a great blog by Dan Mikulskis, Head of Defined Benefit Pensions, … Continue reading

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Nudge nudge , think think!


I went to an excellent panel debate last night which was asking whether behavioural finance could improve pension outcomes – well DC outcomes – which as one panellist pointed out hadn’t got much to do with pensions! A lot of … Continue reading

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More FAKE NEWS on pension deficits #FABI


The Government’s just published its green paper ‘Security and Sustainability in Defined Benefit Pension Schemes’. It’s already generated knee-jerk headlines claiming 11m employees could see their pensions cut. The green paper refers to “under-funded schemes” and “stressed employers”, but can’t … Continue reading

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A business-friendly Pension Green Paper


I went to a  talk yesterday  from the CBI’s Carolyn Fairbairn. It was a lot more optimistic on business prospects than I’d expected (having heard her gnashing her teeth following the referendum). To be fair, she was saying then that … Continue reading

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Steady as you go – the DWP opts for the DB status quo!


It was there in the title “Security and Sustainability in Defined Benefit Pension Schemes”. This wasn’t going to be radical, this would be polysyllabic and it would focus on getting pensions paid. The Government’s green paper is a state of … Continue reading

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