Category Archives: advice gap

Miller time! A crunching analysis of the FCA’s Asset Management Study.


  Asset managers and investment advisers stand accused of complicity in lining their pockets at the expense of unwary and helpless investors. One asset manager (now an adviser) who has never stood by and has always shouted for truth and … Continue reading

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Why there is no “opt-out” for the self-employed.


  I get annoyed when I hear pension experts opine on including the self-employed in auto-enrolment (1). I don’t see much self-employment on their CVs, I certainly don’t see many of them being self-employed out of necessity. But most of … Continue reading

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Power to the people (now we’re taking the risk).


  If the People’s Pension , is really the people’s pension, why aren’t the people who are members being told what they are paying for membership? For some months, I have been saying privately to the management and Trustees of … Continue reading

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“Not so fast!” – the @Aviva #AE conference needs to listen to those not in the room


I spent yesterday morning with Aviva at their future of Auto-Enrolment event in the City. Here’s Aviva’s 10 point wish-list for Auto-Enrolment. ADEQUACY: 1. Phase towards 12.5% contributions by 2028 2. Adopt a flat rate of tax relief – save … Continue reading

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“Let my pension go!” Important news for those in workplace pensions


      This morning I got this email from John Yeo at the FCA We have published our final rules on capping early exit charges for consumers eligible to access the Government’s pension reforms from age 55. From 31st … Continue reading

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Shouldn’t Pension Schemes CREATE jobs? #CIPD


News that ballooning pension deficits are hitting profits and leading to hiring freezes is both unwelcome and unacceptable. Pension schemes should be benefiting UK businesses, enabling them to retire those becoming less productive and hire the best new talent. But … Continue reading

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The risk in “de risking”


Defined benefit pensions are delicate mechanisms designed for the purpose of providing pensions for generations of employees. Decisions taken in the last twenty years first to close DB schemes to new entrants, then to future accrual to current members and … Continue reading

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NEST is not auto-enrolment


  I went to a talk yesterday by a former shadow cabinet minister of state for the DWP. It was under Chatham House rules so I can’t tell you which one – it doesn’t matter which one – it matters … Continue reading

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Whatever happened to the reform of pension tax relief?


The Government’s plans to resolve the injustices of the Pension Tax Relief system appear to have been ditched. Announced in the budget of 2015, expected in that year’s autumn statement and postponed in the months running up to this year’s … Continue reading

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Tax-subsidies on retirement advice; a waste of public funds!


The Government intends to extend tax breaks on pensions to allow those with pension pots to use them to pay for advice. The details are in this consultation document. The fundamental premise is that taking financial advice on retirement matters … Continue reading

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