Category Archives: pensions

Could pension freedoms mortgage our future? too?

In her role as global pensions consultant, Jo Cumbo has been looking at early withdrawals from pensions around the world. Having looked closely at Australia, where there is some evidence of increased withdrawals by younger members, the FT looked this … Continue reading

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Covidiot Haikus – just one delight of the 28th Cov-arg Friday report!

Friday Report – Issue 28    By Matt Fletcher, Nicola Oliver and John Roberts COVID-19 Actuaries Response Group – Learn. Share. Educate. Influence.   COVID-19 is still one of the hottest topics for scientific papers … Continue reading

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Are our pension schemes the treasury’s piggy bank?

Yesterday I published a series of tweets from Jo Cumbo on the difficulties the Pensions Regulator would have balancing the interests of members and sponsors with the interests of Rishi Sunak in getting schemes to invest in the nation’s infrastructure. … Continue reading

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Cumbo asks “can pension schemes invest for social good and keep TPR happy?”

  Rishi Sunak is keen to see pension schemes invest to get Britain to its climate change commitments. This week the Treasury set out its financial services policy  which ended with a promise to encourage investment in long-term illiquid assets, … Continue reading

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Pensions – “in chaos – need to unite” -sound familiar?

What do George Osborne and Donald Trump have in common? DISRUPTION – that’s what. Disruption happens when a system has fallen into a state where it is no longer functioning for the people it serves. It would seem that the … Continue reading

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Bus pass beckons

I find myself alarmingly close to getting a free buss pass – I am 59 today. My father once told me the first thing I heard was him telling off my Mum for breaking the two minute silence, I was … Continue reading

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Bob Compton speaks out on Pension Funding

Bob Compton  MD of Arc Benefits is  quietly spoken  but an acute listener. He wrote to me yesterday this mail which provides a fascinating insight into the debate over how we fund our open and closed DB schemes and the … Continue reading

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More protest at the DB funding code! When will it end?

An anonymous person writes. I am bound like Ixion to a wheel and must publish. Hot on the heels of Clacher and Keating’s excoriation of the skin and bones I have gleaned from the interweb, I get by carrier pigeon … Continue reading

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Can our pensions build back better? Sunak paints a greener picture.

Ricki Sunak’s first speech on financial services in the House of Commons came on the day we absorbed a Biden and a vaccine win. It was a bad day for viruses but a good day for the markets which bounced … Continue reading

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A counterblast to apostasy – Keating and Clacher hold the faith!

  A blog from the pens of  Con Keating and Iain Clacher Henry Tapper has been our eyes and ears on social media and has passed us a variety of questions that have been sent to him on twitter. He’s … Continue reading

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