Tag Archives: DB

Extreme investment caution’s killing off final salary schemes – Boulding.


  Extreme investment caution is killing off final salary pensions, believes Adrian Boulding – and, within that, there is a stark message too for the defined contribution saver. Adrian is a long time friend of this blog and I’m pleased … Continue reading

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“He wouldn’t let it lie” – Con Keating returns to discount rates!


Earlier in the week, the Pension Play Pen had its monthly lunch, missing was Con Keating who was busy explaining to his daughters why they had nothing to fear from the supposed deficit in the USS pension scheme. Con’s voice … Continue reading

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A message to USS members from Bill Galvin


  This message went to members of the University Superannuation Service pension scheme last week. It contains many of the message that this blog has tried to put over (rather better!). It also provides an answer to the question of … Continue reading

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First Actuarial – “scaremongering on solvency is driving people to cash-out their DB pensions.”


  In a week when we learned pension freedom withdrawals hit a record £1.9bn, First Actuarial warns advisers’ exaggerated concerns about the ongoing viability of defined benefit (DB) schemes is contributing to the recent surge in people cashing out. A … Continue reading

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Is the mood music on DB transfers changing?


The irrational exuberance that characterised the FT’s pension transfer seminar in the spring may have marked a high-water mark in the rush to liberate. Martin Woolf and Merryn Somerset-Webb urged us to take our pension in our own hands (or … Continue reading

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CETVs; the flight from quality


Both the Times and the Financial Times report today on the anticipated voluntary withdrawals from Britain’s DB pensions through cash equivalent transfer values (CETVs). The FT, relying on Mercer as a source, estimate the withdrawals to be as much as … Continue reading

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Actuaries! Talk with us – don’t argue with each other.


  There’s a  silly letter in the FT this week which I print in full.  Sir, Jo Cumbo’s report “Mortality update bodes well for pension deficits” (May 4) refers to an assertion by PwC that slowing mortality improvements could reduce UK … Continue reading

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Why we are all regulators


A regulator is generally a device that maintains a designated characteristic in a system. In a financial sense, it ensures that the rules that govern our dealings are understood, maintained and enforced. We have regulation because we value a system … Continue reading

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More FAKE NEWS on pension deficits #FABI


The Government’s just published its green paper ‘Security and Sustainability in Defined Benefit Pension Schemes’. It’s already generated knee-jerk headlines claiming 11m employees could see their pensions cut. The green paper refers to “under-funded schemes” and “stressed employers”, but can’t … Continue reading

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Elements of Truth – and Complete Misunderstandings (Con Keating and the DB Green Paper).


    This is an era of fake news, half-truths and outright lies. Spin and distortion have become the fabric of a false DB pension narrative; their unjustified ruination. Some “fact checking” is appropriate. We hear again and again that … Continue reading

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