Tag Archives: Freedom

Ombudsman 1 – Freedom 0


It would seem that Mr T (neither of the A-team or of this blog) has been sent packing by the Pensions Ombudsman. Mr T sued Standard Life’s staff pension trustees to max-up his CETV. He did so using an online … Continue reading

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Brexit sets our pensions free!


We are where we are; Brexit is changing things. Brexit is a disruptor of old certainties and a bringer of new opportunities. The pensions and savings industry has grown fat on the old certainties but is now being confronted by populist … Continue reading

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DRAWDOWN TAX; I’m as free as a bird (in a cage)


  I’m as free as a bird can be when “freedom” is defined and confined by HMRC. “Me” as case study; I have a pension pot which wealth managers call “big” but can only supply me with an income of £15,000 … Continue reading

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FAKE NEWS – eroding the credibility of pensions.


“Yesterday I ran a blog complaining not about fake news but about misinformation accompanying the news. MOMENTUM – hang your head in shame! The news Momentum has is that the vast majority of people over 55 still don’t know when … Continue reading

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“Brexit penalties” and the price of freedom.


What kind of a club charges you £59bn to leave it? If the EU was a pension plan, we’d be screaming about exit penalties. But I suspect we are talking up the cost to highlight the brilliant negotiating tactics of … Continue reading

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Floundering in the dark – the PP DC Conference


De profundis It was a beautiful day and it was a great hotel. But I left the Professional Pensions Defined Contribution Conference profoundly depressed. Perhaps I needed  lux in tenebris (see the progress that is being made elsewhere). The problems created … Continue reading

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Gain today- pain tomorrow; Ralph Frank on Freedom and Choice


    There is a remarkable consistency across each of the policy measures being enacted under the ‘freedom and choice’ banner.  The estimated impact of each measure on the Exchequer serves to accelerate the payment of income tax on the … Continue reading

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A state of funk! Occupational DC and the pension freedoms.


The Pensions Regulator has published an excellent paper outlining the current position of occupational pension schemes towards providing their members with pension freedoms. You can read it here and for its clear language, well developed argument and comprehensive understanding of the … Continue reading

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Is the Pensions Regulator creating a false market in workplace pensions?


More questions – no answers! Yesterday’s blog created a lot of questions from people who shouldn’t have to ask so I reckon it wasn’t clear enough. The blog was itself a voyage of discovery, for as I pressed the various … Continue reading

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What the great fall of China does to my pension.


The falls in the world stock markets since April appear huge, our own market has fallen 15% , market in Asia, much more. But the equity market that has fallen the most is China. The great fall of China is … Continue reading

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