Category Archives: Pension Freedoms

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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IGCs – a final reckoning


Here is a summary of the IGC reports analysed on this blog. If you want to read my assessments in detail, please use the search engine. I have segmented the blogs as you can see. It may be unfair to … Continue reading

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Pension Freedoms need a Pension Dashboard


Jo Cumbo asks how the Pension Freedoms are bedding down. I don’t have access to the big data of an insurer but I am 54 and am now only six months from my entitlement to blow my savings on whatever I … Continue reading

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Running Pension Policy – Snapchat Style!


There are leaks and there are leaks, but this feels like the Treasury pulling the plug out with the bath full and ready! Take a look at the timeline of the Times’ story (12.01am); this is no idle tittle-tattle from the … Continue reading

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