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Is the public buying “responsible investment” the way we’re selling it?

Janette Weir reported on work commissioned by the DC Investors Forum on the impact of Covid on members of workplace pensions. You can read LIVING WITH COVID: TRACKING MEMBERS’ VIEWS ON RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT  here   Given what we now know … Continue reading

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300 new tickets issued for Friday’s VFM conference – register here.

We have been able to increase our Zoom capacity from 200 to 500, to allow a much wider audience. Following the publication of their findings on what members of workplace pensions want to know, Ruston Smith and Janette Weir will … Continue reading

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Taking back control of our retirement savings.

Pensions have long been seen to have an image problem. Ever since I started selling s226 policies in the early eighties I have heard them described as a rip-off. When you look behind that complaint you get to the frustration. … Continue reading

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‘Normal service will be resumed by the end of October 2021″ -DWP

I hope Guy Opperman’s promise that those due their state pension , some for 6 months or more, will get their payments with more than an apology. The short term blip in service is being blamed by the Minister on … Continue reading

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UCU and UUK should ask more of their pension and its regulator.

I’ve received some feedback on my comments about the current situation in UK universities. But not quite the level of feedback that Jo Cumbo is getting! The way USS has handled this is just ridiculous. University staff don’t take kindly … Continue reading

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David Farrar leaves the DWP to join Nest.

Anyone who has known David Farrar in his 7 years as senior policy manager for the DWP will wish him well as he joins Nest to work on climate change, responsible investment and other evolving policy areas. His DWP occupational … Continue reading

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Con Keating’s CDC Question time

This note responds to the questions raised by members of the audience of the webinar: Fair, Sufficient and Sustainable Collective Defined Contribution Pensions;  It quotes them anonymously, verbatim, and then offers responses. It is worth bearing in mind that in … Continue reading

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Productive Capital – producing value for members, tax-payers or both?

  This blog reports a discussion by  the Steering Committee (SC) of the Productive Finance Working Group’. The original document (minutes of a meeting on July 28th) can be accessed here. This meeting occurred before the letter from the Prime … Continue reading

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How can we improve member outcomes if we can’t measure them?

The DWP links its campaign to consolidate small DC pension schemes to the headline “improving member outcomes”. But what is a good member outcome and how is it measured? The only measure I know of, that captures the value savers … Continue reading

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CDC – the DWP seem to have got the message.

The consultation on the regulation of CDC schemes begins today and ends on August 30th,  it is a summer holiday job and timed to get a little attention as possible. As a statement of intent, Guy Opperman’s foreword is different … Continue reading

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