Category Archives: pensions

The forbidden fruit – choice can be a mixed blessing.


I am concerned about the destination of the pensions of thousands of British workers build up over decades. In a recent blog tried to point out that accepted wisdom that the PPF is a bad destination may not always been … Continue reading

Posted in pensions | 2 Comments

Tideway – CETVs need advisors not salesmen.


  Here is a statement from an article in “Money Observer” “We have seen a number of large schemes, including British Airways, RBS and Scotia Gas Network (ex British Gas), make quite large downward adjustments as volumes of transfers increase … Continue reading

Posted in pensions | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Pension scams; too little-too late?


  News from the Serious Fraud Office that they are at last on to the gang of financial thugs behind Capita Oak and the network of related frauds, will come as scant comfort to those who have been robbed and … Continue reading

Posted in pensions | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

DB pension heading for the PPF? – Read this!


  Here are some things you didn’t know about the Pension Protection Fund (PPF). If you are in a pension scheme heading in that direction you should read this! While most people think it would be an unmitigated disaster to see … Continue reading

Posted in de-risking, pensions, workplace pensions | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Few choices , crap decisions


    The People’s Pension and State Street are running a research project on the decisions people are taking with their “pension” pots. The study can be read by following the link at the bottom. It’s interesting as the 80 … Continue reading

Posted in pensions | 1 Comment

Mrs May – where’s your sense of humour?


The most telling criticism of the U-turn over the dementia tax is that the Prime Minister has been robotic. She was robotic in Wales  squawking “nothing has changed” like a Dalek and she was robotic with Andrew Neil. It is not … Continue reading

Posted in pensions | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

#terrorism has no race/religion.


When the IRA bombed #manchester people didn’t blame the Irish, yet are so quick to condemn Muslims/Islam, #terrorism has no race/religion.  Jo Bishop (twitter)     There is no lesson to be learned from senseless violence, much as we might … Continue reading

Posted in pensions | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

If you don’t know who’s paying, it’s probably you.


  The last few days have seen a reality check on who’s paying for the long term care of our elderly. Now I read this morning a report by the Resolution Foundation on who’s  paying for the deficit reduction plans … Continue reading

Posted in pensions | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Falling out of love with the market.


  The most startling thing about the conservative manifesto is that it advocates Government intervention as a way of improving those just about managing in Britain. This is a very different approach to that of previous Governments that relied on competition within markets. From labour markets, through energy, telecoms and pharma to financial services, the […]

Continue reading

Posted in pensions | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Falling out of love with the market.


  The most startling thing about the conservative manifesto is that it advocates Government intervention as a way of improving those just about managing in Britain. This is a very different approach to that of previous Governments that relied on … Continue reading

Posted in pensions | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment