Category Archives: pensions

“Deliver me a world without work”!


In almost every conversation I have had about the purpose of a pension dashboard, up comes the word “engagement”. Engagement has become the horse to the savings cart, “you can’t expect people to save more unless you’ve engaged them with … Continue reading

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Time for a re-think on drawdown practice? – Clive Waller


  This article by Clive Waller is great because it comes from a good heart. Many advisers reading it will not find it good at all, it calls into question the sustainability of their business model. Many of their customers, who probably … Continue reading

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The price of being sick in the head


  “Sick in the head”? The phrase doesn’t quite work for Tina – a 38 year old Mum who suffered from post-natal depression and then found her life and critical illness insurances 30% more expensive than if she hadn’t declared … Continue reading

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Finding our pensions


  In a vigorous debate at DWP HQ, two quite different approaches to finding pensions emerged. This blog helps people to understand what the debate is about and why it matters to everyone. It matters because there is some £20bn. … Continue reading

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Assistance, guidance and equipment for the future – that’s what we all need!


I am off to Westminster this morning to meet the new boss of the Single Finance Guidance Body. We’re not going to be talking dashboards – he’s in dashboard purdah till the consultation’s over. My agenda is AGE – Assist-Guide-Equip. … Continue reading

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The hidden costs of charges are pants!


Yesterday’s Moneybox with Lesley Curwen was a cracker. It brought together the voices of a number of investors together with the views of Michelle Cracknell, Chris Sier and Gina Miller. All were clear and interesting But the best contribution came … Continue reading

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The People of the Abyss


I went to Sherborne yesterday on a steam train.   I decided to spend the long journey home reading the People of the Abyss by Jack London – an account of London’s time with “vagrants” in London at the turn … Continue reading

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Auto-enrolled through L&G/Ease – read this.


This blog is written for employers and advisers who have used or assisted with the ITM eAsE link to L&G’s workplace savings Plan. You are where you are – here is some context and some thoughts on your position] For … Continue reading

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The fight for proper dashboards is just beginning.


  The collective intake of breath that greeted the eventual publication of the Government’s feasibility study and consultation paper was palpable. Now – a week on – perhaps we can stop congratulating each other and get on with delivering a … Continue reading

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Why do people take pension choices that make them sad?


I’ve been reading a short report by Demos for Legal and General. L&G provide annuities and want to understand  the fall in the numbers of annuities purchased. The retirement riddle is that the choices people are taken since the pension … Continue reading

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