Category Archives: Public sector pensions

If we change to Private Markets then Private Markets must change too!

For the average saver, news that their investment returns will increasingly be from the private markets is akin to telling car-drivers that they are moving from 4 star (remember that) to unleaded petrol. So long as the pumps are primed … Continue reading

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The Regulator’s not for turning; in conversation with David Fairs,

  David Fairs and I were born within a couple of months and have both spent our careers in pensions. We enjoy each other’s company so when David suggested that we spent the last 90 minutes of the business week … Continue reading

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Open and shut conversations on pensions

For pensioners, pensions are very much open. We need to think more about how these DB pensioners are treated and start thinking of their needs for understanding and for financial services. Continue reading

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A CIPP initiative on workplace pensions

The times call for a fresh and innovative approach to help staff facing an uncertain future. The prospect of reduced work prospects faces many of us, especially furloughed staff.¬† This article looks at an initiative taken by the CIPP to … Continue reading

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A gentler way to talk about pensions

  Yesterday afternoon I had a chat with Glyn Jenkins. Most of my conversations with Glyn over the years have been in the bar of Unison’s Marylebone’s offices. Glyn is old school and that means he prioritises people. This chat … Continue reading

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The PPF could grow up a (C)DC lifeboat

One of the enduring features of the last ten years is Andy Young texting me “this is all getting too much, I think I’m going to retire”. Among the many things that Andy has created – he is a great … Continue reading

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Let these politicians do some work!

We have had so many referendums and elections and leadership battles and cabinet reshuffles over the past two years, that politicians may have forgotten they are here to govern the country. We elect 650 people every five years to do … Continue reading

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Is the University Superranuation Scheme suffering fantasy deficits?

First the big picture Universities aren’t going away, nor are the people who teach in them, administrate them and provide the infrastructure that keeps them going. Many of our universities have survived wars, plagues, great fires as well as many … Continue reading

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Social Housing? Pensions? Read this!

    This is from my main man, Neal Thompson. Neal is sh*t off a shovel when it comes to this stuff. Much the most knowledgeable fellow I’ve ever met on social housing and pensions. Devonshires are one of those … Continue reading

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Snap elections – people – and policy! #GE17

Snapping people The cost of a snap general election will be highest for the politicians, their advisers¬† and their families who lose their¬†livelihoods on June 8th. It is tough on MPs, especially those who joined since the 5 year term … Continue reading

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