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Cost and value of advice in Port Talbot


Al Rush and I drove down to Wales yesterday and spent a day in the Taibach Rugby club at the invitation of the moderators of the BSPS Facebook groups. Good chatting with steelworkers in Taibach. Met up with a schoolmate … Continue reading

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“A decision to take a transfer cannot be reversed and should not be rushed”


This blog is mainly written for deferred members of the British Steel Pension Scheme, but many other people may find it interesting. There’s no doubt that what is going on in Tata-land, will go on with other employers who feel … Continue reading

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Advising the 5,000; so where are the loaves and fishes?


The mass market of people retiring over the next few years  no default means to spend their money and no access to suitably priced advice. That is the conclusion of the FCA consultation on Retirement Outcomes that has just closed. … Continue reading

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Reaching the places advice cannot reach


  Only a handful of pension providers have adapted their systems to allow people to use the Pension Advice Allowance. The pension advice allowance, introduced in April, allows pension savers to take £500 tax-free from their retirement funds to help … Continue reading

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No demand, no supply, no advice- wonder why?


No demand? We learn today that advisers are not demanding providers rebate them portions of their client’s funds to pay for their pension related services. This is really odd; as pension funds are tax-advantaged and investors are missing out on tax-advantaged … Continue reading

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Why should frustration blight the pension promise?


I have been following a series of tweets from Jo Cumbo; they concern an interview with a man who has recently “encashed” his pension with the cash being invested in a drawdown product. He is 57, has worked for British … Continue reading

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Who wins from platforms?


    I enjoyed reading the FCA’s Terms of Reference for its Platform Market Study, it posed many questions and I’m looking forward to the answers. Few investors properly understand what platforms are , what they do and  how much they … Continue reading

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This market failure’s not about advice but product.


  The FCA paper on structural problems with the pension freedoms that I wrote about yesterday, is the first evidence of Government admitting all in this garden is not rosy. What has happened since 2015 is an increase in people hammering … Continue reading

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A single guidance service


The simple idea of merging the functions of The Pension Advisory Service, Money Advice Service and Pensions Wise under a single “Guidance” banner makes a lot of sense. It acknowledges that the current situation is working too well and supposes … Continue reading

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Estuarial investors – running scared?


  Al Rush and I are aiming for a balanced great transfer debate where the voices of all sides of the conversation will be heard. So we have stretched out the hand of friendship to the estuarial adviser and investment … Continue reading

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