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Nudge nudge , think think!


I went to an excellent panel debate last night which was asking whether behavioural finance could improve pension outcomes – well DC outcomes – which as one panellist pointed out hadn’t got much to do with pensions! A lot of … Continue reading

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Which would you rather live in- a house or a car?


  I’m fond of our current pension minister; he makes me laugh! He does a good impression of the “pension’s idiot” and enjoys being thought rather less on the ball than he actually is.   But scratch the surface and … Continue reading

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The AE review and the pension stitch up.


7 years on from our last review, auto-enrolment is back under the microscope and the Government has published some questions they’d like answering**. They’d have more chance in getting them properly answered if they put the matter in the hands … Continue reading

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Do employers have a duty of care when choosing pensions?


The shadow pension secretary Alex Cunningham has tabled an amendment to the Pension Schemes Bill which could clarify whether an employer has a duty of care in choosing a workplace pension for its staff. There are currently over 80 class … Continue reading

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Avoid the ambulance chasers and choose your workplace pension wisely


In America the business of providing staff with a retirement benefits plan (known as 401k) is taken very seriously. Employers have fiduciary responsibility to the participants and to the plan. That means that if employers do not take due care … Continue reading

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“Famine or feast pensions”- demand advice is better spread.


Where you work not how you work determines your pension prospects. If you choose to work for a blue chip company or for the Government you can expect at worst a high contribution to a workplace pension and at best a … Continue reading

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How can payroll bureaux profit from auto-enrolment?


I’ve recently been asked by the leading payroll trade publication to answer some questions. I’ve enjoyed thinking about them and have set out my answers below. I’m not a payroll manager and I don’t run a bureau – I’m not … Continue reading

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Pensions and the “Olympic bounce”.


Remember what it was like in the first half of 2012 – Britain was fed up and just as “austerity” was biting, we had the Olympics! We couldn’t afford it, it was a pre financial crisis, it would be disruptive, … Continue reading

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The peril of pensions (a quiet word in payroll’s ear).


Anyone who manages payroll, whether in-house or as an outsourcer, will by now have discovered the perils of auto-enrolment. This article will not rehearse the process issues (you’ll be relieved to know). But with auto-enrolment come workplace pensions. Currently the majority … Continue reading

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Why can’t we talk about investment returns?


  Investment performance has become a taboo – a “no go zone”. This suits the auto-enrolment agenda which is “comply or die”, but NEST has broken ranks and asked defaqto to publish comparative investment performance and it was right to … Continue reading

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