Category Archives: NEST

NEST, technology and personalisation

I really admire this Rowlands chap. I’ve know him for the best part of 30 years and in all that time he has never been anything but a gent. He’s now a Director at NEST and I urge you to … Continue reading

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NEST’s Sidecar Savings Project

The low-paid in this country are not well served by pensions. So NEST Insight’s Sidecar Initiative should be welcome. In November it launched its sidecar savings trial and announced which organisations will take part in the research. Whether those the … Continue reading

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Investment for beginners?

Perhaps because I’m paying him to, my 20 year old is paying some attention to where his pension is being invested. I say “is”, but our first contribution to his workplace pension is awaiting his opt-in. Meanwhile he’s asking – … Continue reading

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NEST needs you!

Interested in influencing how NEST works for members? News reaches me that the NEST Member Panel is recruiting and looking for hard working, conscientious , pension loving folk like us. You can apply for this position online up to and … Continue reading

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“Mind the width – improve the quality” #Pensions must “include” properly!

When Guy Opperman became Pensions Minister , he had” financial inclusion” inserted into his title; now comes his challenge. According to Government statistics, there are 675,000 qualifying workers in the “savers rate” of tax, ( the tax band where we … Continue reading

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Finger in the dyke stuff! DC pricing is just too leaky Jon!

Jonathan Stapleton has written a deliberatively provocative piece in Professional Pensions which will be applauded by the operators of workplace pensions but is going to get short shrift from me.   You can read  Jonathan’s opinions here. The gist of Jonathan’s … Continue reading

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Why employers must understand the value for money of their workplace pension

  Among the remedies leading from the FCA’s Asset Management Market Study was a clear recommendation …that both industry and investor representatives agree a standardised template of costs and charges and we propose to ask an independent person to convene … Continue reading

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Four ways to harvest what auto-enrolment has sown!

We have to think how we can best support the 1m employers who have workplace pensions. Here are some solutions we’re coming to. Continue reading

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Financial Planning – a minority sport.

    “Financial planning is a minority sport for the wealthy” – @henryhtapper @NESTInsight pic.twitter.com/HVS0EMlWHt — Talya Misiri (@Talya_PA) July 5, 2017 It was fun debating with Debate Mate and Tom McPhail – who is great mate! A sense of … Continue reading

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“Feed and skim” – how NEST want to help the low-paid save more.

Thanks to NEST and their think-tank NEST Insight for a scorching day on top of the National Theatre which yielded some real thought leadership. Delighted as I was to lock horns with some very bright students (and Tom McPhail) in … Continue reading

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