Tag Archives: Defined benefit pension plan

USS; are UCU and UUK missing the big picture?

This is nonsense. If universities can’t pay the required #USS DB contribution, then simply move to DC, which was of course the original plan. Universities backed down in the face of strikes https://t.co/rYtU1azGjM via @timeshighered — John Ralfe (@JohnRalfe1) November … Continue reading

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A counterblast to apostasy – Keating and Clacher hold the faith!

  A blog from the pens of  Con Keating and Iain Clacher Henry Tapper has been our eyes and ears on social media and has passed us a variety of questions that have been sent to him on twitter. He’s … Continue reading

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A DC investor writes….

  Once in a blue moon I get a mail from someone who is clearly an expert in pensions  but  modest enough to recognise she/he struggles with their own money!  I feel in awe of such people! I got a … Continue reading

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Coping with falling markets

It is a blessing that the first five years of auto-enrolment have seen world stock and bond markets rise. Low interest rates have had a lot to do with it, but we’ve also been in a period of comparative peace, … Continue reading

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Playing the personality card

Of all the financial myths that remain unchallenged, the myth of personality is least challenged and most lethal. For it allows the congregation of expert panels/committees/boards – stuffed with perceived “personality” to validate all manner of iniquities. For those personalities … Continue reading

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“Confusion rife!” and not just over the new state pension.

The DWP Select Committee has published its report “Understanding the New State Pension” this morning. The accompanying Press release calls for clear statements of entitlement while stopping short of calling for changes to those entitlements. The Work and Pensions Committee’s … Continue reading

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Aren’t we our century’s spoiled brats?

Another year,another sensational headline from your “pension puncturing” Daily Express. It’s not a new story, its facts are from the Pension Institute study published last year. So long as interest rates remain low, pension liabilities will be inflated and pension … Continue reading

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Self-help – Can you “DIY pensions”?

“The instruction manual is missing” – the first thing my partner said when she opened her new smartphone, I’d kindly donated her for Christmas. I was close to having a Michael Winner moment. “That’s because you learn how to do … Continue reading

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Jeroen Wilbrink has solved the Pension Crisis – but is anyone listening?

There’s no doubting Jeroen’s brilliance – here he goes off on one; two questions – is anyone listening ….and is he bonkers?     Yes, I have resolved the pension crisis. And thank you LinkedIn, for providing me with the … Continue reading

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For now- fill the potholes – but we need a new road!

In an excellent article in Money Marketing, Nic Cicutti offers us the following analysis of how pension policy has progressed in the past thirty years The defining moment in financial services was the introduction of the 1986 Social Security Act, … Continue reading

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