Monthly Archives: January 2022

Can Stephen Timms cut the Gordian Knot and unbind FAS pensions?

Stephen Timms , chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, has written to pensions minister Guy Opperman asking for clarity over the compensation cap placed on the Financial Assistance Scheme. Last year the Court of Appeal ruled that the cap … Continue reading

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How the PPF are helping their younger members to get retirement ready

The Pension Protection Fund isn’t an organisation you’d expect to provide financial guidance. They’re keen to show that they want the people who they’ll be paying pensions to, to get as much help before they take their benefits as they … Continue reading

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Invite – Tuesday Jan 25th -10.30 am; coffee with me and Tom McPhail.

  I’m inviting  you to Pension PlayPen’s  Coffee Morning, this Tuesday January 25th – 10.30 am. I’ll be in conversation with industry guru and pundit Tom McPhail. Statutory Blurb Tom, after a glittering career with Hargreaves Lansdowne, has recently been … Continue reading

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Are we in a stock market crash?

I’m not bothered about market corrections, I live on wages and pensions not on drawdowns from equity funds. But most people I know of my age or above, are dependent on the markets for their income and they are right … Continue reading

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How a British Steel redress scheme might work.

Stuart Fowler has produced a counter-argument to that I put forward last week, it was published before my blog and I can’t say that my blog would have changed Stuart’s argument. I will ask Stuart for permission to publish it … Continue reading

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Tik-Tok for pensions? You’d be surprised.

Damian Stancombe doesn’t have enough twitter followers- follow him – he’s always got a contrarian view and like my good friend David Harris – isn’t afraid to share it. Here he is commenting on my recently published blog on the … Continue reading

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The value of Ellie’s pension saving

I am not sure what John Ralfe had in mind when he tweeted Unless this self-employed 25 year old is paying 40% tax, they should be saving outside a pension, not inside (and possibly even if they are 40% taxayers) … Continue reading

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Vaxxing the unvaxxed – top tips from revolutionary actuaries!

                                                                                                                         http://www.covidactuaries.org Friday Report: Issue 59 By: John Roberts, Adele Groyer, Matt Fletcher and Dan Ryan COVID-19 Actuaries Response Group – Learn. Share. Educate. Influence. COVID-19 is still one of the hottest topics for scientific papers and articles. The COVID-19 … Continue reading

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Nick Smith MP is right – the British Steel pension transfers are a special case.

The overall uphold rate for all BSPS cases to the Financial Ombudsman Service is around 63% in favour of steelworkers, including complaints relating to administration or delays. This compares with an overall FOS uphold rate of 40% for all cases … Continue reading

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Here they grow again – Cushon buys Creative – Pension Bee doubles assets in a year!

Cushon have won the race to absorb Creative Benefits and its highly popular master trust. Its blog tells us  that the acquisition of Creative  doubles Cushon’s sits reach  to over 400,000 members and increases AUM (including ISAs) to £1.7bn. Money … Continue reading

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