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The “pensions industry” must speak for pensions – not the people who profit from them.


There is an assumption that for innovation to happen in the pensions industry, it needs to have the sanction of the “pensions industry”. Take this comment from Sam. CDC will be a disaster unless you can convince the pensions industry … Continue reading

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I was ashamed of my pension colleagues


Yesterday, as a guest of CWU’s Deputy General Secretary , Terry Pullinger, I spent a morning at the Westminster City Forum’s conference on Next Steps for UK Pension Funds. The Conference dealt with the regulation of DB pensions, consolidation and the future … Continue reading

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Will complacency infect auto-enrolment too?


Since auto-enrolment works on the “least said the better” basis, there is a temptation for people involved in its supervision to take Ronan Keating’s advice – “you say it best- when you say nothing at all”. But complacency is what got … Continue reading

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AE – a day of reckoning to come?


More of us are saving, but we aren’t saving any more. The democratisation of pension saving – arising from auto-enrolment is a great thing – everyone can dare to dream of stopping work under their own power. But there is … Continue reading

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I want to choose my dashboard please!


Thankfully the Government has seen sense, it is not going to provide a one size fits all Volkswagon dashboard, it’s going to offer us a motor-show of choice! The Government is not going to build or maintain a pension dashboard. … Continue reading

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CDC has cross-party support, it also needs cross-departmental support.


I was at a CDC Forum yesterday with people from the DWP and various pension experts, I can’t say who or what they said but suffice it to say that this was “large employer stuff”. Necessarily this is where the … Continue reading

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“Are people that dumb?” Compulsion and dashboards.


The FT are running a story about the “pensions industry” regrouping around Plan B and doing their own dashboard. There is indeed a conference in September about this and I’d urge you to go (I hope to contribute). There is … Continue reading

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Can a DC plan be “in deficit”?


Yesterday, I fired off a message to the Pensions Regulator to put a stop on Whitbread’s sale of Costa to Coke, till restitution is made of the money owing to the low earners auto-enrolled into its net pay workplace pension. I won’t … Continue reading

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A pension dashboard for all?


I agree with Anthony Rafferty , CEO of Origo, that the dashboard isn’t just for those drawing to the close of their working (and saving) career. Rafferty writes in Professional Pensions Rafferty points out that to argue against dashboard, based … Continue reading

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Who are the 200,000 people petitioning for the pensions dashboard?


  It won’t be long till 38 degrees’ campaign to save the pensions dashboard hits its target of 200,00. Today, the campaign was given a boost by publicity in the Financial Times by the ever-excellent Jo Cumbo. The FT’s headline … Continue reading

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