Category Archives: pension playpen

Here’s to pensioners enjoying their pensions!


I’m on the Flying Scotsman to York (the Yorkshireman). My carriage is full of pensioners (including me), people thanking their lucky stars they’ve got the chance to ride behind this famous loco and sit in a beautiful compartment. And the … Continue reading

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The trees are great – but the wood’s the thing!


  This week has seen ,present at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries pension conference on “mapping the Pension Genome”, our Pension PlayPen lunch on “defaults to spend our DC saving”, Reward Strategy conference on “Royal Mail’s journey to CDC” … Continue reading

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How do I rate my various pensions?


Following the publication of yesterday’s Guidance from the DWP on “DC pension” disclosures, this article asks “have we any framework for answering the question in the title?”. The conclusion is “not yet”, thought the disclosure guidance takes us another step … Continue reading

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How small schemes can win (with no surrender)!


I’m listening to Bruce Springsteen – “no retreat, baby no surrender” A useful note about “the consolidation opportunity” sits in my inbox. It’s from Con Keating who had been studying the ONS data on how pension schemes invest their money.  He … Continue reading

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Less sales – more trustees please.


I was jogged out of my Friday night lethargy by this picture. Aon’s master trust has just been awarded a “Pension Quality Mark” by the PLSA.  I find this picture quite disturbing. The pensions minister Guy Opperman (right) is featured … Continue reading

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@CIPP_UK – “grafters not shafters!” – thx.


I woke up this morning to lots of messages telling me I’d won an award! Not just any award but a lifetime achievement award from an organisation I have a lot of respect for – the CIPP, who had their … Continue reading

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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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New torment for investment consultants – Mike Foster.


  Mike is a senior consultant at Montfort Communications. Until recently he was assistant editor at Financial News and that journalistic pedigree shines through in this remarkable piece of writing. Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind … 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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