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A shameful shambles? The state pension needs help!

This blog argues that the issues around the State Pension are both larger and more urgent than those with the accessing of private pensions. It argues that DWP’s limited state pension helpline resources should  be bolstered by MaPS staff who … Continue reading

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A Roadmap for Increasing Productive Finance Investment

  A Roadmap for Increasing Productive Finance Investment We consider here the case for investment in less liquid assets and the current DC pension scheme landscape as set out in “A Roadmap for Increasing Productive Finance Investment”. We note first … Continue reading

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McPhail is no seal-clubber.

  Coincidental to the FCA’s impending clampdown on “price-walking”, I’m presented with just the kind of problem that has beset pensions since we decided giving people a pot not a pension was a good thing (let’s say 1987). A very … Continue reading

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Who pays the £200bn bill to protect our state pension?

  First they suspended the triple lock The triple lock has been in place for over 10 years, here is now it has done so far. The Government afforded these increases out of revenues and have made successive promises to … Continue reading

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CETVS – tasty or toxic carrrots?

  Peter is not the only person who has commented on my blog yesterday. I know that people value the right to transfer their defined benefits to a pot which gives them freedom from pensions. Peter is right that some … Continue reading

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Payroll presses DWP on plans for “Pension QEB Zero”

  When the OECD promoted Britain’s pension framework off the bottom rung of the developed world league table it was because they saw auto-enrolment as part of the state’s pension apparatus. Put anothe way, they recognise that the  DWP and … Continue reading

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Woon Wong’s letter to TPR on USS’ deficit

At a recent pension conference, Woon Wong mentioned a letter sent to David Fairs which would be posted on my blog. This is the letter and I am proud to openly publish it. At the conference were a number of … Continue reading

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Why we shouldn’t choose pension providers just on price!

The decision from the DWP to defer prescribing on how a commercial pension provider charges member’s for their services is welcome. It would have been better if we didn’t have to consult further and that the Government made the message … Continue reading

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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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