Tag Archives: Drawdown

Launching CDC into a bear market.


The paper below is one of two that models what happens when CDC hits bad markets. I guess this one could be likened to launching a lifeboat into a stormy sea. CDC makes headway – but it’s tough. Imagine you’d … Continue reading

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We can’t reopen closed railways or pensions – but we can build anew


How does #CDC help the individual saver in a falling market as you claim….? @henryhtapper https://t.co/PbsnbcXwku — John Ralfe (@JohnRalfe1) December 26, 2018 When I wrote this blog on Boxing Day about “coping with falling markets” – I did not … Continue reading

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Time for a re-think on drawdown practice? – Clive Waller


  This article by Clive Waller is great because it comes from a good heart. Many advisers reading it will not find it good at all, it calls into question the sustainability of their business model. Many of their customers, who probably … Continue reading

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Why do people take pension choices that make them sad?


I’ve been reading a short report by Demos for Legal and General. L&G provide annuities and want to understand  the fall in the numbers of annuities purchased. The retirement riddle is that the choices people are taken since the pension … Continue reading

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“How can I have my money back” – the question pension savers dare not ask!


Here is the first page of the two page illustration suggested by Ruston Smith and Quietroom. I will say again that I am impressed that Ruston Smith and Quietroom have got consensus from a variety of regulators to get their … Continue reading

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The silent majority aren’t drawing down anything!


The proportion of full cash withdrawals and annuity plans sold with advice in the second half of 2017/18 fell to its lowest rate since the second half of 2015/16. This means that an increasing proportion of pots accessed through an … Continue reading

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“The nastiest hardest problem…” Con Keating on pension drawdown


Con Keating is currently in hospital with a poorly foot. He is a caged tiger on the ward, but the surfeit of energy has been dispelled by his putting his mind to what Bill Sharpe called the nastiest hardest problem in … Continue reading

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The problem with platforms (is that everyone loves them).


Platforms are a relatively new but significant and growing distribution channel. The platform service provider market has doubled since 2013 from £250bn to £500bnassets under administration (AUA). This growth in AUA has been driven by rising markets and increasing levels … Continue reading

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Thinking the unthinkable – Frank’s at it again!


For a third inquiry in a row, Frank Field and the Work and Pensions Committee (WPC) – are asking difficult questions that need proper answers. Firstly they asked if the pension freedoms were working – a question that led to … Continue reading

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Do YOU need a financial adviser in retirement?


The argument is central to most pension debates at the moment. There are some who would have everyone who reach 55 meet with an adviser. Others who would limit the pension freedoms to those prepared to pay advisers to manage … Continue reading

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