Category Archives: BSPS

Some odd things about partial transfers.


There’s a debate going on between Al Rush, Jo Cumbo, Steve Webb and a number of others with regards partial transfers from defined benefit schemes. Want to go 50:50 with a “final salary” pension transfer? Ford will soon let employees … Continue reading

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Will a “Transfer Value Comparator” work?


t DB transfer activity has begun to stabilise, with far more transfers being quoted and taken every quarter compared with the position before the new freedom and choice flexibilities were introduced by the Government in 2015. Bart Huby LCP Aug … Continue reading

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AE – a day of reckoning to come?


More of us are saving, but we aren’t saving any more. The democratisation of pension saving – arising from auto-enrolment is a great thing – everyone can dare to dream of stopping work under their own power. But there is … Continue reading

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The Great Pension Debate (II); July 10-11.


    Al Rush is convening the clans to the Aberavon Beach Hotel in Port Talbot. You could – and most likely should – be there! If you want to crash your diary and head for Wales, you have only … Continue reading

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What now for the new BSPS and its members?


I was sent an announcement yesterday about the new British Steel Pension Scheme. It’s a complicated message and I’ve tried to add comments that explain what each paragraph means in a little easier way. My comments are in green. They … Continue reading

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There’s nothing democratic about genocide. FCA should stop “contingent charging” today.


The FCA have published two papers on transfers A policy paper CP 18/6 “Improving the quality of pension transfer advice and A consultation paper  CP 18/7 “advising on pension transfers”. The upshot of which is that The FCA has gone back to … Continue reading

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Are DB pensions benefiting from CETV de-risking?


  It’s a fair question for a blogger to ask. I don’t have the answer and suspect that you’d get a different reply depending on who you asked. Here are the facts According to Hymans Robertson , The total value … Continue reading

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DB Transfers all but triple in a year.


Transfers to other pension schemes10 RKQR 6,810 6,084 5,363 13,221 12,777 34,245 Andy is referring to the Office of National Statistics  update to “Investment by insurance companies, pension funds and trusts (MQ5)” -table 4.3: …  The numbers are confirmed by … Continue reading

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Transfer carnage at BSPS – the truth revealed


The full impact of transfers on the British Steel Pension Scheme has been revealed in this perfunctory tweet The British Steel Pension Scheme has paid just over £1.5bn from around 4000 DB transfers to date. Around 3700 transfers still to be processed. … Continue reading

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The CMA and IDWG are looking for the right grubs under the wrong stones.


The Competition and Markets Authority has produced the first of a series of working papers (only 90 pages) looking at the buy-side of institutional intermediation (e.g. what happens between buying an asset and the return the customer gets). “The evidence reviewed … Continue reading

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