Category Archives: Pension Freedoms

Paying pensioners won’t get any easier


In  pensions “freedom” is the buzzword.  People can have what they want- how they want it and we all know what that means! It means that down the line there is potential for administrative chaos. Payroll depends on uniform rules, the … Continue reading

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A Pension Food Bank for the DC saver


Ok – so it’s not a big news week for pensions , but well done Jack Gilbert of Citywire’s New Model Adviser for getting a meet with Frank Field, and well reported on what I can only call a “welcome … Continue reading

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How do we value our large DB plans?


  Today’s Pension Play Pen lunch (at the Hydrant pub not the Counting House) will discuss how best we value our large DB plans. What do we mean by large DB plans? I guess there are a number of big … Continue reading

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The Sun rescues readers from Benpal bedlam!


    We have JLT – Professional Pension’s “Administrator of the Year 2017” to thank for this headline. I can now reveal that the nonsense that inspired the Sun to question what was going on with the default investment fund … Continue reading

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Don’t blame pensions for corporate mismanagement


The FT has come up with some excellent research on why pensions find their way into the Pension Protection Fund. It has discovered that a substantial proportion of the so-called “pension failures” over the past ten years, resulted from sale … Continue reading

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Con Keating on the real cost of pension transfers


  Imagine buying a bond at par, say a ten-year, ten-percent coupon issue; then let five years pass, when market interest rates decline to one percent. At this time, the bond is trading in the market at £143.68 percent. Now, … Continue reading

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An algorithm cannot lie


  An algorithm cannot lie; it will tell you what you set it to tell you with the data you fed it. It has no choice, it is entirely deterministic;- and yet algorithms can help you lie. Let’s take a … Continue reading

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The role of the insurance market in developing Fintech


Have you thought about the risks of e-commerce? This blog talks to those interested in Fintech and in particular the promotion of the start-ups that drive innovation in financial markets. My digital start-up, Pension PlayPen is in terms of staff, … Continue reading

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A tale of two cultures (and why I’m backing payroll)


  Two days, two conferences and two vastly different experiences. On Wednesday I spent a day exploring the Future of Life and Pensions with what Market Force and people  I am told are financial services “C1s”. Apparently this means they’ve reached … Continue reading

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Till we know the “money” – shut up about “value”.


  I had a number of meeting yesterday culminating in an afternoon spent with members of the Transparency Task Force (TTF), with the FCA and with certain interested observers. I can report the meeting happened and what was said but … Continue reading

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