Tag Archives: defined benefit

Pension Deficits (and Surpluses) – where do you stand on #FABI ?


Rather than kick off with  the FAB index this month, I thought to promote the response it’s publication this morning has received. On the one hand there is Paul Lewis, who (for me) stands  for common sense and the ordinary person. … Continue reading

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Con Keating on the Rules of Evidence and The Defined Benefit White Paper.


This post is from Con Keating and first appeared in Portfolio Institutional Alongside its new DB white paper (Protecting Defined Benefit Pension Schemes) the Department of Work and Pensions published a summary of the responses to the earlier DB Green … Continue reading

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IFAs and the defined benefit promise


  This article explores the relationship between IFAs and defined” benefit schemes, one that has historically been uneasy. It argues that the polarisation of opinion between IFAs who see pensions as “pots” of wealth, and those who regard them as a … Continue reading

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Defining the benefit of CDC – Con Keating on “CDB”.


The pension experts have great fun rubbishing Frank Field’s inquiry into CDC. Here’s why Frank says he’s doing it. “What the select committee is aiming for is to retain some of the best features of company schemes in a different age when employers … Continue reading

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A brave and timely response to UUK’s proposals


  I was wondering how to react to news that the UUK (the employers of university staff) is proposing to axe future Defined Benefit accrual into the USS. Anger or sorrow seemed the two main candidates as I flew back last night. I was … Continue reading

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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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