Category Archives: Australia

How do we auto-enrol workers in the “gig economy”?


A gig economy is an environment where temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements. The trend toward a gig economy has begun The consultancy McKinsey  reckon that some 162 million people in Europe and America work independently. … Continue reading

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(Workplace) Isa ain’t gonna wash for a week!


  A radical idea Michael Johnson has published his proposal for a workplace ISA, Michael has explained this to me before and has explained his proposals publicly to the DWP Select Committee. The proposal is not just to include an ISA … Continue reading

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Heard the one about the Englishman, the Australian and the American?


If you are a fan of such jokes, read no further – the Social Market Foundation’s  (SMF) study “Golden Years? What freedom and choice will mean for UK pensioners“, contains all three characters (unsexed), but there the joking ends. This is … Continue reading

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“How were those freedoms for you?” – Two events to help us find out!


The press offices of all the major insurers have been busy printing announcements of how they have seen a tenfold increase in enquiries about pension benefits this week. Pension Wise has been open for bookings and Michelle Cracknell and the TPAS … Continue reading

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Don’t underestimate SME’s hunger for investment know-how!


I am  frustrated by the capitulation of many in the pension industry to the challenge faced by inducting 1.2m new employers into our funded pension culture. The Pension Apartheid practiced by the investment elite At a recent event, Joanne Segers, CEO … Continue reading

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Freddy Flumper gets savvy!


  It’s been some days since I’ve reported on the fabulous Freddy Flumper -“fabulous” in the sense that he lives only in the fable on this blog. For anyone who missed the instructive fable of Freddy and Tony Lamborghini , we … Continue reading

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What a charge cap would mean for insurers


the Embedded Value write offs if the cap comes in at 0.5% will be in the £bns Continue reading

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So what’s new in pension reform?


This is a round-up of the current issues buzzing around pensions; we’ll be producing plenty of these bulletins from http://www.pensionplaypen.com so do sign up to its email to get them. Auto-enrolment is underway; but even as staging commences, new pension … Continue reading

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Bridging that advice gap – 43rd London Pension Lunch


Vivi and others were more optimistic, reckoning that employer power might be a way of driving standards up. Continue reading

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So what’s a good DC pension – Mr Webb?


Britain is taking on a massive enterprise as it looks to universal private pension provision in the corporate sector Continue reading

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