Category Archives: club pension

Pension Sharks are free to prey on the vulnerable – (David Byers)


    Pension freedoms” sound enticing, don’t they? Introduced in 2015, they give you the chance to liberate that sluggish old pot — often worth hundreds of thousands of pounds — and reinvest it with unprecedented flexibility. Or, if you … Continue reading

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Here’s to pensioners enjoying their pensions!


I’m on the Flying Scotsman to York (the Yorkshireman). My carriage is full of pensioners (including me), people thanking their lucky stars they’ve got the chance to ride behind this famous loco and sit in a beautiful compartment. And the … Continue reading

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Con Keating on the Rules of Evidence and The Defined Benefit White Paper.


This post is from Con Keating and first appeared in Portfolio Institutional Alongside its new DB white paper (Protecting Defined Benefit Pension Schemes) the Department of Work and Pensions published a summary of the responses to the earlier DB Green … 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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The Strop Suite – OMG!


We flew overnight to Dubai, missing the GB Entrepreneur Awards, for which Pension Play Pen had been shortlisted. “Dubai is a shit-hole (I want to go home)” Well that’s what I was singing on the bus as we moved from … Continue reading

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I’ve just been (pension) geeked!


Yesterday, as you probably weren’t aware, was national pension awareness day. I tried to tell you  in my Pension Play Pen weekly announcement but did you engage? I thought not September 15th was decreed so by the Pension Geeks among whom … Continue reading

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Ros Altmann to be the over 50s


  News from the Sunday Times via @paullewismoney  reports that Ros Altmann is to be our (eg those over 50) new work tsar. This I take to be good news. Ros Altmann to be named Government's champion for older workers … Continue reading

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Government needs to publish its intentions for CDC


The defined ambition agenda is a vague one. Steve Webb talks about wanting to give people more certainty in retirement. He’s talked about DC heavy (to and through investment strategies) and DB lite- exit routes from traditional guaranteed DB structures- … Continue reading

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Can we deliver the Guidance Guarantee?


We are all worried about the Guidance Guarantee, the content of what will be delivered and the quality of the delivery. We worry for a variety of reasons but mostly we worry that people will not get what they expected … Continue reading

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Good with food – not so good with money.


The sad events at the Co-operative Bank this year are not the first financial services scandal to hit the Co-operative movements. Less publicised but no less carnal, was the behaviour of the management of Co-operative Insurance Services (CIS) who were … Continue reading

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