Monthly Archives: May 2020

Making our own rules; (Cummings II)

The Cummings and lack of goings of the past 48 hours are dividing Britain between the absolutists, the pragmatists and the people who just hate Dominic Cummings. I suspect the number of people who know Cummings well enough to hate … Continue reading

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A whole new can of “defaults”

The Pension Regulator’s found a new can of worms to open. This time it relates to a very local problem but creates some difficulties for those running and governing DC pensions. As the vast majority of money going into DC … Continue reading

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Cummings; Boris’ Bismarck

In conducting his lockdown tour of London and the North East , Dominic Cummings has confirmed himself the central figure of British politics. He is  the Bismarck to Johnson’s Kaiser and the most effective British political operator of the past … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Actuary’s Friday report (May22)

Every week, more is written on COVID-19 than any individual could possibly read. Collectively, the COVID19 Actuaries Response Group read more about the outbreak than most, so we’ve decided each Friday to provide you with a curated list of the … Continue reading

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Is your Mum getting her proper state pension? – Steve Webb’s making sure!

Apologies to readers whose Mums are no longer around and to younger readers whose Mums are still to retire. but the majority of people who read this blog are millennials and boomers whose Mums are drawing the state pension along … Continue reading

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Stanford’s Contrasting Fatality Estimates

Stuart and Matthew   “Estimating the Global Infection Fatality Rate of COVID-19” – Grewelle, De Leo The authors have sought to provide a first estimate of the global IFR using a novel method and data from multiple countries. It seems … Continue reading

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Increasing pension scam awareness

  As AgeWage prepares for its journey into the FCA Sandbox, we are becoming more aware of the vulnerability of ordinary people to pension scams. We are really worried about the impact of unemployment, especially on those who are over … Continue reading

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Shoot the message – not the messenger.

Watching Martin Lewis’ money show last night I found myself aghast! Someone was trying to weigh up whether it was better to get 0.1% pa tax-free from an HSBC ISA or get 0.4% pa from another HSBC account and run … Continue reading

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Chris Daykin compares COVID-19 in the UK to similar countries.

Introduction This note updates and expands my note published on 28 April.  Shortly after that note was published the official daily figures for deaths in the UK began to include deaths in care homes and so jumped up sharply by … Continue reading

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“Your pension data could be taken down and used against you”

The last two weeks has seen Professional Pensions going data barmy with not one, not two but three stories extolling the use of personal data to manage pension scheme risks. The first is a gentle and sympathetic article by Michelle … Continue reading

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