Category Archives: actuaries

Pensions Deficits: Mark-to-market valuation is the elephant in the room


Following on from yesterday’s blog from Hilary Salt, here are some interesting thoughts from Dennis Leech,  Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Warwick You can contact Dennis directly at d.leech@warwick.ac.uk   The chief economist of the Bank of England, Andy Haldane, … Continue reading

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Hilary Salt gets a touch of the William Blakes!


Arise you actuaries from your slumber (guest blog from Hilary Salt) I’ve found the last few weeks exhilarating. For the first time in perhaps 30 years, there’s been a real political debate in Britain. A debate where it clearly mattered … Continue reading

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Actuaries – “VOTE SALT” your profession needs her.


Vote Salt in the elections for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Council. Tell those who know and trust you “Vote Salt”. Actuaries – if you’ve lost the link to your email, PRESS THIS LINK and VOTE SALT This is why … Continue reading

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Quality Assurance from First Actuarial


  Sometime you need a job done well, for me it tends to start with water pouring through a light socket after someone left the bath-tap running upstairs! A lot of the time we’re called in to do some financial … Continue reading

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So what would a pension exit charge cap look like?


Yesterday I spoke on Money Box in support of a cap on exit fee penalties from legacy personal pensions. Claire Trott spoke well in opposition and I’m quite sure that the ABI will take comfort in her argument that a … Continue reading

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Preparing for an auto-enrolment capacity crunch.


The Telegraph is running a story suggesting that the DWP are drawing up a plan B for auto-enrolment that could see the timeline for initial staging stretch to the next decade. Nannies, gardeners and staff at small firms may not get … Continue reading

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Pro Bono – remember that? Hat’s off to ICPA and QTAC


I’ve been blogging recently about failure The failure of the Investment Association to align itself with the interests of its ultimate customers- consumers The failure of the NAPF to engage with employers not in the club (namely the 1.8 m … Continue reading

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“A question of trust”- accountants and auto-enrolment pensions.


I’m not going to quote Einstein’s definition of insanity as that would be madness. To understand how tactical short-cuts spiral into destruction look at what PPI has done to the share price of our high-street banks This blog is for accountants who … Continue reading

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How much does auto-enrolment cost?


The new living wage will make auto-enrolment more expensive If you are a small company, one of the unexpected items you’re going to have to add into your financial plan for the next three years is the additional cost of … Continue reading

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The Plowman gets off his high-horse!


Yesterday I published an article that allowed me to get off my high horse about “informed choice” and think pragmatically about how small employers are going to go about choosing a pension. I reckon most people like choice , but … Continue reading

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