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Paul Lewis; you are awful – but I like you!


I was shocked to read – as I scrolled though my digital FT this morning – Paul Lewis telling me “employers should pay more into pensions”.  He argues that “miserly contributions into defined contribution schemes are storing up trouble”. I … Continue reading

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Diversity – (my part in “his” downfall)!


If “lack of diversity” is the problem, I’m part of it! Like the eight panellists at the pension sessions of Sage Summit I was male, pale, grey and stale! Apologies (to our regulators Charles Counsell and Neil Esslemont, to Standard Life’s … Continue reading

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Avoid the ambulance chasers and choose your workplace pension wisely


In America the business of providing staff with a retirement benefits plan (known as 401k) is taken very seriously. Employers have fiduciary responsibility to the participants and to the plan. That means that if employers do not take due care … Continue reading

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It’s a lot harder than that – Mr Bee!


Pensions are hard – you cannot disrupt them into being easy I’ve been accused of not taking pensions seriously, Hugh Pym, then the BBC’s chief economics correspondent, smiled indulgently and reminded me that the BBC couldn’t mention an organisation called Pension PlayPen … Continue reading

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How IGCs help employers (and their advisers)


  If you read the terms of reference or Chair reports of the IGCs (and GAAs) , it’s the “member” on whom the work is focussed and for whom the reports are written. “Member” is short-hand for policy holder as in … Continue reading

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Five things I’d change to help employers with Auto-Enrolment


I spent yesterday with 62 employers , 1 of whom had staged auto-enrolment (a small employer in the June 2015 trial). As I listened to questions and talked with my friend at the Regulator who was co-speaker, I tried to … Continue reading

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Will auto-enrolment capacity get crunched?


  Today is the day of the Friends of Auto-Enrolment Capacity Crunch Conference which takes place in PWC’s offices at Charing Cross. The big debates of the day will be about Whether there will be a capacity crunch either in … Continue reading

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This scaremongering on auto-enrolment has to stop!


Scaremongering Scaremongering sells newspapers and we love to be afraid. It is easy to write stories that play on our fears, because they are the ones we want to read. But that doesn’t make scaremongering alright, just as it doesn’t … Continue reading

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NOW- that’s what I call good news!


With over 1.2 million small and micro firms yet to tackle auto enrolment, new research from workplace pensions provider NOW: Pensions reveals that the number of employers planning on contributing more than the legislative minimum has nearly doubled in the … Continue reading

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Making social media work for us


One of the things that social media does, is blur the line between work and play. The distinction is one that employers , regulators and brands attempt to manage, often with arcane rules that make them a laughing stock to their … Continue reading

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