Category Archives: accountants

Can a DC plan be “in deficit”?


Yesterday, I fired off a message to the Pensions Regulator to put a stop on Whitbread’s sale of Costa to Coke, till restitution is made of the money owing to the low earners auto-enrolled into its net pay workplace pension. I won’t … Continue reading

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FABI surplus continues to soar, as USS accounting deficit falls dramatically.


Much like daily temperatures , First Actuarial’s Best estimate (FAB) Index soared through  June , and the heat is on for those who’ve weaponised accounting deficits. The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) has announced a dramatic fall in 2018. The FAB Index – which provides … Continue reading

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The trouble with experts


All week long my twitter feed has been troubled by experts. It’s like the hot weather bringing the flies into your home, they bite you all over – they don’t even leave you alone when you sleep, I open up … Continue reading

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HMRC and FCA complicit in the democratisation of villainy.


If the FCA want to get to grips with the problem of contingent (conditional) charging, they had better have a look at the taxation of advice and make changes in the Finance Act 2018 to the way we tax advice. First … Continue reading

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How certain are my client’s state benefits?


The old adage “there’s nothing certain except death and taxes”, sadly did not include pensions, not even the state pension. Behavioural science suggests that the further we look into the future , the more we crave the security of certainty. … Continue reading

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It’s not just IFAs that should be livid!


Here is the note I wrote when I read New Model Advisers report On why FSCS cannot determine its current levy (uncertainty over Strand Capital) On why FSCS has to unravel its past compensation (uncertainty over Arch Cru) Today (Jan … Continue reading

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Auto-enrolment for all?


The Government has leaked details of the findings of their auto-enrolment review and what its wanting to do about them. Each of the four proposals outlined below has merit, though they won’t be achieved without protest from those who will  pay more into … Continue reading

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Salary Sacrifice – a foot in the door for the poorly pensioned?


Everybody knows that the pension tax-relief system is heavily weighted in favour of the have’s who get big income tax incentives. It is weighted against the low waged who can get excluded from contribution incentives altogether. Steve Webb, who thinks … Continue reading

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“A decision to take a transfer cannot be reversed and should not be rushed”


This blog is mainly written for deferred members of the British Steel Pension Scheme, but many other people may find it interesting. There’s no doubt that what is going on in Tata-land, will go on with other employers who feel … Continue reading

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DWP now leads the way on cost disclosure


  What’s this about? In a first-rate document, the DWP have set out radical proposals to allow ordinary people to see and compare the costs  their trustees are paying for the investment of their pension money. These proposals go well beyond … Continue reading

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