Tag Archives: defined benefit

So you want to pay your own pension costs do you?


A new twist to the Pension Transfer Debate has been introduced by Willis Towers Watson (WTW) at a seminar last Tuesday at their London offices. At the event, consultants reported a ripple effect caused by the surge in members transferring out. WTW … Continue reading

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Sexy cash in a vibrant market? You ain’t seen nothing yet!


I’m not quite sure why Money Marketing is reporting man of the people Steve Webb as re-phrasing Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s famous phrase, this way Steve Webb: DB transfer demand? You’ve not seen anything yet Steve is not a linguistic pedant and … Continue reading

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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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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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A note on transfer values and “reverse transfer risk”.


James Greer of Old Mutual is reminding financial advisors that there’s a risk of advising clients to stay put and not take a DB Transfer Value. Our data suggests that only about 15% of transfer values applied for are taken … Continue reading

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The CWU pension proposals – your questions answered.


Yesterday’s article got a lot of interest and a number of people have asked for the technical details behind the CWU’s headlines; but first the headlines! All 130,000 Royal Mail staff could have access to DB accrual going forward Members … 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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Diversity, Narratives* and Pensions (Con Keating)


This blog first appeared in Professional Pensions, if you’ve read it before, read it again. “What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.”    W. Heisenberg, Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern … Continue reading

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