Tag Archives: DB

Ros Altmann’s defence of pension consultants (contested).

I wouldn’t say my “postbag was full” , but my recent blog on the damage inflicted by pension consultants on the UK pension framework has raised a few heckles on social media. Having worked in pension consultancies for nearly twenty … Continue reading

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A Minister Drinking the Regulator’s Kool-Aid – No Consolation

An article by Con Keating The  preamble to a recent article in Professional Pensions by the Pensions Minister, Guy Opperman, read: ” In the fourth of a five-part series of articles for PP, pensions minister Guy Opperman sets out how … Continue reading

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BONFIRE. Keating and Clacher conclude their articles on the DB funding code

We began this series of blogs and articles with a call for a bonfire of regulation; at the very least we should start with this proposed Funding Code. Continue reading

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The mess we’re in (pt.1) and how we got here.

Iain  Clacher and Con Keating Since their heyday in the 1990s, UK occupational DB schemes have been winding up at a rate of about one every two days. Their replacement, DC schemes, are a poor substitute; they are tax-advantaged savings … Continue reading

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The FCA can’t blame the DB transfer debacle on pension freedoms.

  Nikhil Rathi, the FCA’s CEO elect is only partly right in linking the upswing in transfers away for DB schemes to the precipitous introduction of pension freedoms. It is very important that the FCA properly understand the cocktail of … Continue reading

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Time has told for Tideway

  So – over three years after writing that Tideway’s activities in the DB transfer market should be stopped, Tideway’s activities in the DB market have been stopped. A note on the FCA’s register says that, as of 3 July, … Continue reading

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Lords say “no” to the “dumping” of open DB pension schemes!

This blog pays  tribute to someone of whom I knew nothing but a couple of weeks ago but who has made an extraordinary contribution to UK pensions by means of what should be  known as the Bowles Amendment. The Bowles … Continue reading

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The other way to value DB schemes- Clacher and Keating.

  DB scheme value Valuation – the long way round Our blog (May 28th) calling for a bonfire of pension regulation led to a surprising amount of interest and a wide range of questions and even some requests for expansion … Continue reading

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All plans off for DB funding proposals

I’m sorry to have missed the FT’s DB funding debate, it sounds like a lively affair! Mercer, the professional services firm, last week estimated the aggregate accounting deficit for DB schemes for the UK’s 350 largest listed companies was £52bn … Continue reading

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Time for some fresh thinking on CDC

  The Pension Schemes Bill is making its way through the House of Lords but now seems unlikely to get Royal Assent before July. If it misses its target and we don’t get an Act till the Autumn, a Royal … Continue reading

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