Category Archives: OECD

What’s in store for UK pensions in 2012?


Artificially depressed interest rates drive up DB deficits and depress annuities but the pressure on life companies and pension schemes to adopt Solvency II recedes as the UK  distances itself from Brussels. The price of the settlement on public sector pensions is … Continue reading

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He’s not a politician – he’s just a very naughty boy


Clarkson is not a politician, he is an obnoxious controversialist trying to be a comedian Continue reading

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Fair pensions at work.


How bosses decide to be paid is not just up to them. The shareholders, those lending money to the company and – not least – the rest of the workforce have a keen interest in making sure the company’s profits … Continue reading

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Sacred cows at the abattoir


In her 45 minute talk, Debora led us to an abattoir of sacred cows where we saw strung up on meat hooks our most cherished hopes. Continue reading

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NEST LIVE “Their hands in our pockets”


With this phrase Tim Jones, NEST’s CEO and presiding genius thanked his six principal suppliers for funding the drinks reception that concluded proceedings at NEST’s big bash. Freudian slip, deliberate tease or simply a slip of the tongue it initiated … Continue reading

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Le Pension Crisis est Arrivé


Image via Wikipedia PWC report today that the value of DC pension pots has fallen by 30% in the last three years. This Telegraph article gives the grim details. This is not a paper loss which can be reversed if markets recover, … Continue reading

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PPF II -opening the door for a better DC


We are where we are – the social contract has been decided… not compulsion but impulsion; impulsion  into a DC pensions model that relies on the markets to deliver a second tier of pensions. Our retirements will be funded from employer and employee contributions over a … Continue reading

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“Our weapon is the camera”


Perhaps the measure of political control in Libya is calibrated by fear.
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The man from OECD says “guess”


It’s a sobering time for those involved in pensions policy and for those who are trying to advise companies and people in how to organises their finances to meet their retirement income needs. One thing people don’t want to do is guess. They … Continue reading

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