Category Archives: Blogging

Trojans – don’t trust that horse!


The TUC on Carillion Pensions. With the failure of Carillion, another corporate collapse leaves thousands of workers with uncertain futures and many may face reduced pensions.   There are questions to be asked about the state of Carillion’s myriad pension … Continue reading

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Pensions aren’t on the brink of anything!


I’m sorry to disappoint the headline writers at the BBC, but pensions are not about to change very much, are not in crisis and aren’t really worth the headlines they are getting. Those were the stunning findings of a group … Continue reading

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“Probing” IFAs is not enough; we need simpler more transparent transfers.


  Allegations of “mis-selling” against IFAs are premature and unsubstantiated. My eye was caught last night by a linked in post by Andrew Warwick-Thompson, formerly of the Pensions Regulator. Here we go again. The personal pensions miss-selling scandal all over … Continue reading

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Offshore – out of sight? Angie Brooks shines light on rank bad practice.


OMI? OMG! SAME OLD, SAME OLD MUTUAL – SAME OLD LIES                                      Old Mutual International (OMI) is at the heart of much of … Continue reading

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Thanks to all our nice new friends!


    What a lovely New Year’s surprise! A gang of flamers having fun “one-starring” my blog! Well it’s good news for me, all feedback is good feedback and your dislike of everything I am writing is boosting my google … Continue reading

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If you can’t be clever – have clever friends


Having clever friends has been the secret to whatever success I’ve had! In my third year at college in 1983, a bloke in specs appeared. His name was David Wilson and he came out drinking with us. He was a … Continue reading

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10 best read blog posts of 2017


In search order Why some transfer values are ridiculously high?     2017 was a year when the cash equivalent transfer value became fashionable again. When we look back at what CETVs have done to Defined Benefit pensions over the past 24 months, … Continue reading

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Steelworkers – what to do now!


  Here is my advice – don’t worry – people are looking out for you. If you have sent your options form and have not heard back, do not worry. There is no need to panic, don’t send more option … Continue reading

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Target pensions – freedom from freedoms


  Last week I ran a couple of meetings of the Friends of CDC, a loose affiliation of pension people with a view that CDC can offer a solution to some of the intractable problems people face in retirement. Let’s start … Continue reading

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Port Talbot and Scunthorpe IFA CHIVE (Community, Help, Information, Volunteer exchange)- Al Rush


Many of my readers won’t know Al except from what I’ve said about him, he’s not one for the publicity spotlight, but when it comes to mobilising advisers , it’s another story. This is a rare blog from Al published … Continue reading

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