Category Archives: accountants

The FCA is quite right to be worried about DB transfers.


The FCA has published an interesting blog entitled Our work on DB transfers. The nub of its findings follow Since October 2015 we have reviewed a total of 88 DB transfers where the recommendation was to transfer. Out of these, … Continue reading

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Pure DC at your university? Mike Otsuka speaks out


Mike is now a regular writer on this blog; he’s an LSE philosopher, a member of the USS pension scheme and an expert in pensions (not a “pensions expert”).   Southampton has come out in favour of closing USS’s defined benefit … Continue reading

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Transparency as disinfectant


Wherever possible – organisations should aspire to be transparent in their dealings, sharing information with all stakeholders. Bank wins by being straight with customers Making information difficult to access causes problems. My friends at Quietroom tell the story of how, … Continue reading

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Don’t make the teachers pay


  I am  sad to read that “academics face a big rise in their pension payments”. That’s the headline in the FT and it may be true. Another set of spurious numbers? The University Superannuation Scheme has completed it’s three … Continue reading

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A Pension Food Bank for the DC saver


Ok – so it’s not a big news week for pensions , but well done Jack Gilbert of Citywire’s New Model Adviser for getting a meet with Frank Field, and well reported on what I can only call a “welcome … Continue reading

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The risks small employers run with workplace pensions


In yesterday’s blog, where I talked about the “Scally duty” on an employer to provide staff with pension information, created a lot of traffic on “social media”. Some of this may be down to it being a quiet week in … Continue reading

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Put the customer first – help the pot follow member


I have recently been passed the slides of the PLSA?ABI+++ workshop on creating a common way for pension  pots to follow members. You can find them here. What a mess we are making of something so very simple! Here is … Continue reading

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Four ways to harvest what auto-enrolment has sown!


We have to think how we can best support the 1m employers who have workplace pensions. Here are some solutions we’re coming to. Continue reading

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From Denham to Sier – a 1% world!


  You know how sometimes a little fact gets stuck in your head for no apparent reason? Back in 1998, I was reading an article by the then Pensions Minister John Denham. He stated that if we could reduce the … Continue reading

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Is the University Superranuation Scheme suffering fantasy deficits?


First the big picture Universities aren’t going away, nor are the people who teach in them, administrate them and provide the infrastructure that keeps them going. Many of our universities have survived wars, plagues, great fires as well as many … Continue reading

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