Category Archives: advice gap

MaPS’ green blind-spot tars good drawdown guidance!

Following yesterday’s post on MaPS’ new service guiding people to pension options, I’ve seen quite a bit of feedback from providers, but no comment from consumers – it would be good if MaPS can report on the use of the … Continue reading

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Putting our money where their mouth is? We’re not there yet!

Last night I had the chance to listen to the Lord Mayor’s lecture – organised by Gresham College which is a few yards from where I live. If this had happened last year, I would not have been invited or … Continue reading

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Still no evidence that pots are becoming pensions!

There’s not been much discussion about the HMRC’s latest update on what’s being drawn down from  our pensions and what there has been has interpreted the data differently. Alistair Mcqueen has tweeted positively New pension freedom data out today. Total … Continue reading

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Wrong in the right way – LGIM are right in everything but their conclusions

RIP’s or investment pathways as they are more commonly known, don’t default you into a course of action but ask you to choose between four courses of action (with the option to do whatever you like as a fifth). They … Continue reading

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Moral hazard and the “compo culture”- must good pay for bad?

Blow to the trust in our profession. We could have organized to help people and divi the work for an industry wide agreed fixed fee on this. People matter. #financialplanning #values #trust https://t.co/wJghgWZEOe — Clémence Chatelin (@CChatelin) January 25, 2021 … Continue reading

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Buzzing for the DB funding code?

Views of the proposed DB Funding Code from Con Keating In their weekly Pensions Buzz survey, Professional Pensions posed the following question: “Is TPR’s approach to the new DB funding code the correct one in your view?” There were 100 respondents … Continue reading

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Pension Playpen to relaunch as a Fintech

Pension campaign and networking group The Pension Playpen – founded by pension expert Henry Tapper – is to relaunch in February as a fintech company aimed at the pensions industry. The Playpen will provide networking and comment platforms as well … Continue reading

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DWP frees up workplace pension defaults – can providers be trusted?

It looks like the high-water mark for Government intervention in workplace pensions has been reached. The years following the introduction of the RDR saw the abolition of sales commissions (both for introducing members and setting up schemes), of “active member … Continue reading

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Value for money is priceless – it cannot be bought or sold

  I am a fan of David Hutchins and when he writes, as he writes in Pension Expert, on value for money (VFM) – I read. I read but I don’t always agree and I certainly don’t agree with the … Continue reading

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Michael, it’s not Auto-Enrolment’s that’s failing low-earners!

“Automatic enrolment is failing many low earners. Millions of them are both serial borrowers via consumer credit, paying APRs in excess of 30%, and auto-enrolled into default funds typically targeting an annual real return of under 3%. The DWP should … Continue reading

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