Tag Archives: de-risking

5 Things I want from today’s DB Green Paper


The DWP is due to publish its Green Paper this morning. It’s an important initiative; -our defined benefit schemes are under threat but they have the potential to do much good not just to those in them, but to those who … Continue reading

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Is there really a “fail” at the Royal Mail?


  The Royal Mail is consulting with its staff on closing its final salary scheme to future accrual. This is a public consultation, the Royal Mail are putting it to their staff that an increase of pension contributions to 50% … Continue reading

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Con Keating – Damage control


This blog is by Con Keating; Con Keating is head of research at Brighton Rock Group and a member of the steering committee of the financial econometrics research centre at the University of Warwick One of the favourite narratives of … Continue reading

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The risk in “de risking”


Defined benefit pensions are delicate mechanisms designed for the purpose of providing pensions for generations of employees. Decisions taken in the last twenty years first to close DB schemes to new entrants, then to future accrual to current members and … Continue reading

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Why we don’t have health-based pension transfer values.


A Coleridge moment in the City I walked into a church at the bottom of Bow Street yesterday afternoon to have a cup of coffee. Slumped over his laptop, deep in thought, I saw a friend… He awoke from a statistical revery and stared … Continue reading

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Tax-subsidies on retirement advice; a waste of public funds!


The Government intends to extend tax breaks on pensions to allow those with pension pots to use them to pay for advice. The details are in this consultation document. The fundamental premise is that taking financial advice on retirement matters … Continue reading

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A little bit of anarchy does you good


I’m grateful to my Swedish friend Per Andelius for finding this. Provenance has kindly been provided by readers (see comments). In game theory, the “price of anarchy” describes how individuals acting in their own self-interest within a larger system tend … Continue reading

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All at sea! TPR’s “Trafalgar” for maritime and offshore workers.


Well done Lesley Titcombe and hurrah for our best naval victory since Trafalgar! Continue reading

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Making the most of the £20bn small employers spend on DB – Guest blog from Hilary Salt


A simple shift in communications could ensure the £20bn employers spend on DB each year isn’t wasted Over the last decade we’ve seen the long march of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes from the sunny beaches of open schemes run by … Continue reading

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Is increasing complexity making pension saving harder ? – guest blog by Ralph Frank.


The most conclusive finding of a recent survey by PwC into pensions taxation was not even related to the respondents’ views on the central question of the survey (namely, the most appealing tax scenario for their pension)! Sixty percent of … Continue reading

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