Tag Archives: Con Keating

A method for the madness. Is the DWP Select Committee – pension’s best hope?


The diverse agenda of the DWP Select Committee might be considered madness. I am not going to write that their is method in this madness as it’s clear to me that we cannot properly consider freedoms, without looking at CDC for … Continue reading

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Con Keating address objections and misconceptions around CDC


Collective Defined Contribution schemes are back in the news, with a Parliamentary inquiry under way. This has provoked an outpouring of commentary. Unfortunately, much of this appears to be misinformed. It is well-known that I am an avid and vocal … Continue reading

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Defining the benefit of CDC – Con Keating on “CDB”.


The pension experts have great fun rubbishing Frank Field’s inquiry into CDC. Here’s why Frank says he’s doing it. “What the select committee is aiming for is to retain some of the best features of company schemes in a different age when employers … Continue reading

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Con Keating’s vision for CDC


Recently the TUC published a study, commissioned from and executed by the Pensions Policy Institute, of the variability of DC outcomes. They consider the fund performance and (annuitized) pension income for individuals retiring in each of the years 2000 – … Continue reading

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“The belly of the beast” – Con Keating and the Investment Association


Con Keating is not everybody’s cup of tea, but he’s mine – especially when he’s after  transparency. This shows him with a timely warning to those who think leaving transparency in the hands of the Investment Association is a good … Continue reading

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“Is CDC the viable alternative to DB?” Con Keating is on the case


  Con is on the Labour party’s pension policy group. I’m a Tory party member. We agree on this, we need innovation. In this article , Con explains how the principles behind CDC could enable some employers to carry on … Continue reading

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Con Keating on regulation and DB Governance


Con is a regular on this blog, here he discusses the Pension Regulator’s role  in DB Governance. Our deconstruction of the narrative promoted by the Pension Regulator occupies around one third of our response to the Department of Work and Pensions … Continue reading

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Con Keating; the purpose of a pension scheme


This article is published with the kind permissions of Dr Keating and Professional Pensions (in which it first appeared). Given its length and subject matter, Iain Clacher, Andrew Slater and I were surprised, and flattered, by the number of downloads … Continue reading

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Con Keating’s letter to Frank Field


Today is Con’s 70th birthday. Here he is in irrepressible form, standing up for USS and giving another elder statesman some sensible advice. An Open Letter to the Right Honourable Frank Field, MP By email. Re: Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) … Continue reading

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“What’s the purpose of a pension scheme?” – Con Keating


  Con Keating argues in this piece that pension schemes aspire to “self-sufficiency”, giving them the status of  insurance companies. His thinking centres on what claims we have on schemes if the covenant to fund these schemes is lost. His conclusions … Continue reading

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