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Portals for show, pensions for dough


    The Pension Dashboard is under pressure. Having lost its sponsor, Simon Kirby MP in this summer’s election, early-day momentum is running out. The ABI are clearly fed up and are now calling for Government intervention if they are to … Continue reading

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Don’t blame us punters for “unadvised drawdown”- give us an alternative!


  Back in 2014, in the lead up to the launch of the pension freedoms, I wrote a blog on the perils of unadvised drawdown. I predicted then , what we see today, a large number of people trying to … Continue reading

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Radical thoughts about “value for money” – from Julius Pursaill (aka mystery blogger)


  Establishing a consensus on what “value for money” is, is proving too hard for the IGCs and Trustees, we need intervention from a “deus ex machina” (aka the FCA). Once we know the means to measure, I believe the … Continue reading

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Myopia and the alternative fact


Not all prejudice is ill-intentioned, I know the author of this comment on a recent blog. He is not ill-intentioned – just short-sighted. There is no one interested to have defined benefit pensions in the UK. They are seem as … 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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Let’s put an end to pension transfer privilege.


“Sexy cash” legitimised? A few years ago , Sir Steve Webb, then our pension minister, stood in front of the PLSA and berated Boots and its pension scheme for tempting members out of the pension scheme with cash incentives. He … Continue reading

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How we’re responding to the FCA’s Asset Market Study


Pension PlayPen response to the FCA Asset Management Market Study Interim Report (MS15/2.2) This response focusses on “proposed remedies” and how to make them effective. The aim of Pension PlayPen is to restore confidence in pensions, we see public confidence … Continue reading

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Activism over activity – we want effective asset management.


Reading the FCA’s Asset Management Market Study, you’d be tempted to give up on active asset management (to be frank you might to give up on investment funds altogether). Daniel Godfrey has a piece in the FT claiming that the … Continue reading

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“The Gold Star DC Pension Plan” – awaiting conception!


    That good chap Jonathan Stapleton     who runs mags for Incisive has asked me for my view on what makes for a gold star DC pension scheme. I’ve submitted 150 words which I hope will find their way into a … Continue reading

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“Rape and Kill” – why the public are turning off retirement advice.


Thanks to the PPI for the second Future Book – Unravelling Workplace Pensions. The 2016 Edition of the PPI’s study on workplace pension is published today. Getting data on the state of workplace pensions has always been tricky. If you … Continue reading

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