Category Archives: defined aspiration

Target Pension Plans

 This is a briefing to employers and politicians from the Friends of CDC. Target Pension Plans are a new type of pension plan for the UK. Also known as Collective DC plans, they work on a pooled basis, where members … Continue reading

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How I want my hard-saved earnings – thoughts on a walk!

  Not many people fantasize about the letter they will get from their workplace pension provider when they get to the point they can start spending their hard- saved earnings. As I made my way around Studland Bay, Old Harry … Continue reading

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Princess Margaret does it for me

Thursday night’s when the Pension Personality awards get judged. That no-one can remember who the current Pension Personality is , suggests that this is about as useful a gong as Gillingham and Shaftesbury Carnival Queen which I once entered in … Continue reading

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All the right funds- not necessarily in the right order (a budget prescient blog)

  I wrote this blog hours before the budget which abolished annuities. For some reason I decided this morning, to write about investment as if annuities didn’t exist. From 2015, for new pensioners- they will no longer be the default, … Continue reading

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Buying pensions with certainty need not cost the house

it’s time that the Government progressed its role as a partner in private provision, further than the tentative steps it has taken this parliamentary term. Continue reading

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A full frontal retreat on charges

If we are to restore public confidence in pensions, we need action not more procrastination. Continue reading

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What’s this charge cap really going to cost? (1000th blog)

Ringing out the old and ringing in the new should be managed with a little more responsibility than the approach adopted by the DWP through their dodgy Impact Assessment Continue reading

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A race to the top?

We will not get this problem sorted out in a meeting room in the DWP, though the DWP can clear the decks and allow us to operate with a clean sheet of paper. Continue reading

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Why insurers, not pension schemes, have taken the infrastructure challenge

The announcement this morning of  the National Infrastructure Plan (NIP) includes the government selling off its 40% stake in the Eurostar rail service. In all, about £375bn of investment in energy, transport, communications, and water projects is planned. You can … Continue reading

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Let’s rid us of financial carnage at retirement

I’m really interested in why pension schemes don’t provide more support. Any views out there on what the biggest barriers to providing more support than basic communication and a signpost to MAS or TPAS or Unbiased? Continue reading

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