Tag Archives: Brussels

Why I’m excited about second hand annuities.

Transparency is the great disinfectant, but disinfectant- when applied to an open wound- can be painful. It is however the only way we can recover. Continue reading

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Brussels right on workplace pensions (shock)

  Those clever folk in Brussels have come up with the idea of extending MIFID to cover UK pensions, says this article. My old chum Matthew Connell of Zurich is concerned that this might stop the sale of workplace pensions to … Continue reading

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It’s not a capacity crunch it’s a traffic jam

the nature of the problem changes but the scale of the problem remains the same Continue reading

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How was the Plowman’s vision? – 2012 #pensions predictions revisited

Here were our pension predictions from a year ago (you can read the full blog from December 2011- here) Artificially depressed interest rates drive up DB deficits and depress annuities but the pressure on life companies and pension schemes to adopt … Continue reading

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NESToration – go boom in that Euro room!

If NEST had been a person Amnesty would have registered it a political prisoner. Continue reading

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NAPF Conference Report (from our man not on the spot)

My attempt to create a one man fringe event at the NAPF was short-lived and I spent the majority of the past 48 hours ensconced in various coffee shops and bars listening to Conference Reports from playpen cronies. The feedback … Continue reading

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What’s in store for UK pensions in 2012?

Artificially depressed interest rates drive up DB deficits and depress annuities but the pressure on life companies and pension schemes to adopt Solvency II recedes as the UK  distances itself from Brussels. The price of the settlement on public sector pensions is … Continue reading

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