Tag Archives: Aegon

Pot follows member (unless we want to keep it where it is).

  In a statement this week on the sluggish service standards of firms administrating our Defined Contribution occupational pension schemes, the PLSA concluded The median transfer time is 11 days, and although some are much longer1, this is principally due … Continue reading

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Full of sound and fury…Aegon’s 2017 IGC

  I hadn’t been aware that IGCs had been submitting their statements to win awards. But the first think I am taught about Aegon’s activities last year is that in 2016 the Aegon UK IGC was awarded the “Best Independent … Continue reading

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How we sort the master trust problem

  I sat next to someone at a meeting yesterday whose demeanour, ideas and the articulation of those ideas, was so impressive that I was at times scared to open my mouth. I felt in the presence of greatness. I’ve … Continue reading

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Aegon’s ICC – treating the customer seriously.

I like Aegon’s IGC Chair report, delivered by top trustee Ian Pittaway. It’s not easy to find and though the report makes numerous references to its readers being its policyholders, I have no idea how a policyholder would stumble across … Continue reading

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How can this be?

A school friend of mine, came to see me yesterday with some paperwork. He had been reviewing his financial affairs. Like me , he is 53 and had been excited by talk of the new Pension Freedoms. The problem His … Continue reading

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Hats off to all workplace pension providers

  I’ve referred earlier this week to an excellent article by Kim North in Money Marketing in which she points to the ongoing work Scottish Widows have been doing on the participation of women in workplace pensions. In the same … Continue reading

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Time for the insurers to pipe down and get on with it!

  I like Jamie Jenkins of Standard Life, he’s a canny operator who shapes arguments to suit Standard Life very agreeably. His style is laconic, his humour dry and his observations are succinct and to the point. So I enjoyed … Continue reading

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A message to 1.2m employers who aren’t reading (yet)!

We are in danger of letting the cost of auto-enrolment exceed its value Continue reading

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Make NEST the dustbin of our pension dreams?

We all like the idea of having all our retirement funds in a big pot which we can manage efficiently and value easily. But not at any price! This link takes you to a version of Aegon’s submission to Government on “operation … Continue reading

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Ticking timebombs in the pension cupboard

When things go wrong in DC pension administration they go badly wrong. The old axiom is “right first time”. The cost of unravelling a mistake can be ruinous. Take the case of the Dutch insurer Aegon, whose UK subsidiary formerly Scottish Equitable– has had … Continue reading

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