Category Archives: advice gap

Cridland and the price of state dependency


  John Cridland’s consultation report into the state pension age, commissioned by Ros Altmann and delivered today, does not say quite what the modernisers wanted it to. Accelerated pension ages and the scrapping of the triple lock deliver a double … Continue reading

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Why we are all regulators


A regulator is generally a device that maintains a designated characteristic in a system. In a financial sense, it ensures that the rules that govern our dealings are understood, maintained and enforced. We have regulation because we value a system … Continue reading

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Pensions Resurgent! The merit of the CWU’s proposals to the Royal Mail


For the third day I am returning to the CWU’s proposals to the Royal Mail which I now consider the most important break through in pension scheme design we have seen in Britain this century. I base this on three … Continue reading

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Why Martin Bamford is right to stay an independent financial adviser


SJP – we have been here before Martin Bamford has produced an excellent piece explaining why everyone he knows “loves to  hate St James’ Place” . It turns out that quite a few people Martin knows work for St James’ … Continue reading

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Was DC the only choice for the Tata Steelworkers?


      Speaking on the radio yesterday, John Ralfe called the decision of Tata Staff to accept the loss of future accrual into a final salary scheme in exchange for a 10% contribution into a DC pension fund as … Continue reading

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These are the Good Times for savers and investors!


  It is very rare that savers get told they’re “having it good”, but if you’re saving into a workplace pension default , you’ve just had a great 12 months. I’m looking at a piece of paper that tells me … Continue reading

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We do not need another consultation on costs and charges.


A report in Professional Pensions that we are to get yet another consultation on costs and charges fill me with gloom. As the report points out, we have two consultations on the subject – in progress. They follow an exhaustive call … Continue reading

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Should we invest, when we’re in debt?


There’s a very good  BBC Martin Lewis Podcast on borrowing ; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04qhdsg We’ve always thought as Lewis as anti-debt (an advocate of “debt-free” living). The Podcast gives as an example a man who has moved to the country with his … Continue reading

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Diversity, Narratives* and Pensions (Con Keating)


This blog first appeared in Professional Pensions, if you’ve read it before, read it again. “What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.”    W. Heisenberg, Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern … Continue reading

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A suffocating man craves the foulest stench.


Such is the pressure on trustees and sponsors of our defined benefit schemes to appear solvent, that they welcome the transfer of their potential pensioners to “cash” as a suffocating man breathes fetid gas. It is within the capacity of … Continue reading

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