Category Archives: pensions

Should DC trustees be worried by the gilt-crash?

Reading Jonathan Stapleton’s measured reporting on the funds used by DC investors in the “pre-retirement phase” I was drawn to some research from Professional Pensions The scale of the issue Well-diversified master trust default funds tended to fare better than … Continue reading

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Threat of judicial review over steelworker redress

The headlines began in 2017 and have not gone away. In the ongoing reporting of the proposed BSPS redress scheme, much has been heard from the FCA and Government but not much from those affected. As has been the case … Continue reading

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LDI – “Don’t say I never warned you”

Well, I wanna be your lover, babyI don’t wanna be your bossDon’t say I never warned youWhen your train gets lost Bob Dylan “It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry” This article is about the … Continue reading

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Free accommodation for the PLSA conference – October 11-13

Are you going to the PLSA Conference in Liverpool? If so have you booked your accommodation? If not – would you like mine? Stay at Tune Hotel Liverpool October 11 – 13, 2022 Location: 13-19 Queens Building, Castle Street, Liverpool, … Continue reading

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Will DB schemes scrambling for cash – cause further carnage?

I spoke to one CEO of a large DB pension scheme yesterday evening who had spent the day arranging to liquidate a large proportion of the scheme assets to pay the margin calls on its LDI portfolio. The amounts of … Continue reading

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BREAKING; 35% of employers see pension pausing increase

The CIPP’s quick poll on employee’s “pausing” contributions to workplace pensions,  closed yesterday. For the first time , there is evidence of large scale pausing by employees who can’t afford their pensions. The CIPP report 410 employers participating, describing engagement … Continue reading

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IGC reports? Please send send them to me!

  Each year I report on the activities of Independent Governance Committees and their little sisters the Governance Advisory Arrangements. IGCs and GAAs are in place to keep  the providers of contract based pension saving schemes honest. They are well … Continue reading

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The real cost of buying a pension for your household

New analysis of government figures by Standard Life, , highlights that the average retired couple has a pension income worth £284 per week – made up of both occupational and private pension income – excluding state pension income. *Figures assume … Continue reading

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The cost today of these reckless budget promises

    “It looks like we’re headed for a spiral that we usually see in emerging markets crises, where policymakers struggle to reassert credibility,”  Mansoor Mohi-uddin, chief economist at Bank of Singapore. Currency markets are now toying with the idea … Continue reading

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Fact , fiction and speculation on pension tax relief

Fact The announcement from Kwasi Kwarteng which has been referred to as the ‘rabbit in a hat’ revelation was the abolition of the additional rate of tax of 45%, from April 2023. This was then followed by the news that … Continue reading

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