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NHS pensions are damaging the NHS – a doctor writes

    This article is by Dr Nitin Arora I asked to publish it as I have followed his work on twitter to help pension professionals understand the current problems facing members of the NHS pension scheme. As I have … Continue reading

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Peoples;- for once the small print is good news!

  Yesterday I published the news that People’s Pension has dropped its prices for those with larger balances which they estimate will lead to a 10% drop in overall fee income. That is good news, especially if you are in … Continue reading

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How do we use our IGCs?

My key words in the title are “we” and “our”. The Independent Governance Committee’s set up as a result of the failings in contact-based workplace pensions identified by the OFT, are for us – the consumer. They were not set … Continue reading

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FCA to tame the drawdown bucking bronco!

  Yesterday was a good news day for people concerned about retirement income. The FCA made two meaningful statements on what it intends to do to help ordinary people trying to manage their in retirement finances. The first was the … Continue reading

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Re-deploying our pension winners!

Webb for Regulator? This rumour has sparked a twitter storm among those who think Steve Webb is conflicted in potentially exercising the powers of the Pensions Regulator on policies he initiated as pensions minister. Exclusive: Sir Steve Webb, the former … Continue reading

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FCA – kicking the transfer can down the road

£37bn flowed out of DB schemes last year in transfers, the vast majority of the money was transferred with the help of IFAs and the vast majority of IFAs charge for transfer advice on a contingent basis. To ordinary people … Continue reading

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“Making workplace pensions work” – the Pension Regulator’s new approach

I’ve been on the Pensions Regulator’s stakeholder panel a couple of years and this gets me a ticket to their Annual Conference. I haven’t bought the new vision in previous years, but yesterday’s event, held in County Hall, pushed the … Continue reading

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The silent majority aren’t drawing down anything!

The proportion of full cash withdrawals and annuity plans sold with advice in the second half of 2017/18 fell to its lowest rate since the second half of 2015/16. This means that an increasing proportion of pots accessed through an … 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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Sier and Agethangelou kick off Government pension transparency inquiry

Chris Sier (left) and Andy Agethangelou (right) are due to kick off the Work and Pensions Select Committee costs  transparency inquiry – giving oral evidence on 5th September. It’s fitting that the two will appear together, Chris Sier did a great … Continue reading

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