Category Archives: Pensions Regulator

A “pension free” press?


I’m not surprised by news that the PPF has referred the pre-pack of Johnston Press to the Pensions Regulator. While reassuring members that such a referral doesn’t impact their rights to be in the lifeboat, PPF are asking whether the … Continue reading

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The human cost of marking our pensions to the market


  The debate at the CSFI mid week between Norma Cohen and John Ralfe on one side and Jon Spain and Dennis Leech on the other – seems to have focussed on the economics of pensions. I’d like to widen … Continue reading

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Shaking up pensions with Quietroom


Early this morning , I’ll be up the Farringdon Road with Quietroom, shaking up pensions. I’ve just looked at the agenda If we want to get folks fired up about pensions, we need to start doing things differently. That’s the … Continue reading

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“Making workplace pensions work” – the Pension Regulator’s new approach


I’ve been on the Pensions Regulator’s stakeholder panel a couple of years and this gets me a ticket to their Annual Conference. I haven’t bought the new vision in previous years, but yesterday’s event, held in County Hall, pushed the … Continue reading

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“Smiling at delinquents”; how we prevail over fund ignorance and indolence


I had one of those moments just now, when a whole load of things came together and I saw the wood for the trees. My Eureka moment? I was reading an FCA document , the Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products … Continue reading

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What do we do with pension good news?


. Despite taking on pension schemes from employers including Carillion, Toys R Us and Hoover, with deficits totalling £1.2 billion – the highest total value to date, the PPF’s funding position has strengthened. The PPF has reported a continued growth … Continue reading

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Don’t panic about Carillion’s pensions.


The fate of Carillion as a company is in the balance. Up to 20,000 jobs are at risk. Bond and equity holders are likely to lose substantial sums. Carillion driven projects are likely to suffer and 28,000 members of Carillion … Continue reading

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Don’t let this be you.


This is a submission to Government from someone who fell victim to a pension scam. The questions from Government are emboldened, otherwise I have left the statement as it was sent to me. It has been circulated with  he intent that … 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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Con Keating on regulation and DB Governance


Con is a regular on this blog, here he discusses the Pension Regulator’s role  in DB Governance. Our deconstruction of the narrative promoted by the Pension Regulator occupies around one third of our response to the Department of Work and Pensions … Continue reading

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