Tag Archives: DWP

Why we can’t dissolve fund management like monasteries


  If you had to pay for advice – would you pay for judgement or luck? Con Keating makes an important point in response to my blog, in denial and in disgust it is required by statute to retain an … Continue reading

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Why a 12% pension saving rate is wrong.


      I had hoped to talk yesterday with and  today about Lord Turner and the meeting of minds at the Pension and Lifetime Savings Association. The change of title a year ago had, I hoped , heralded a more open … Continue reading

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Why there is no “opt-out” for the self-employed.


  I get annoyed when I hear pension experts opine on including the self-employed in auto-enrolment (1). I don’t see much self-employment on their CVs, I certainly don’t see many of them being self-employed out of necessity. But most of … Continue reading

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“Not so fast!” – the @Aviva #AE conference needs to listen to those not in the room


I spent yesterday morning with Aviva at their future of Auto-Enrolment event in the City. Here’s Aviva’s 10 point wish-list for Auto-Enrolment. ADEQUACY: 1. Phase towards 12.5% contributions by 2028 2. Adopt a flat rate of tax relief – save … Continue reading

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Respect for the self-employed


It’s a truth as old as the hills that there are two types of self-employed. Those who choose to be and those who have no choice. Most people who read this blog have more experience with the “professional” classes who … Continue reading

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How contagious will the Uber-ruling be?


The complicit agreement between those who work in the “gig-economy” not to work for those who run the gig-economy has succeeded for much longer than Uber and Deliveroo. The same arguments were being had about the status of self-employed insurance … Continue reading

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The pernicious effect of NEST’s market distortion


Yesterday I wrote about the unsatisfactory outcome of an industry discussion with NEST. The PLSA debate on mastertrusts at their annual conference failed to properly engage with NEST’s ongoing role in the UK pensions market and the ambiguity of its … Continue reading

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What the Pension Bill means


The 2016  Pensions Bill was published this week and it will have serious implications for single employer occupational schemes, small-mostly insured executive arrangements and for the burgeoning market for commercial mastertrusts. The Bill will also ensure that occupational schemes cannot … Continue reading

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Drawing Breath – how hard should Government nudge pension conts?


  The auto-enrolment timeline is now halfway through staging – as the PPI’s FutureBook2 tells us. while coverage from workplace pensions is spreading, it is also thinning. Average contributions are lower than ever before and there are two worries; That … Continue reading

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Where next for pensions transparency?


As illegal drugs to your health so hidden charges to your finances Imagine that you were tasked to prevent drugs coming into this country. Would you ask the driver if he had drugs in his vehicle and wave him through … Continue reading

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