Tag Archives: Government

The new politics of pensions


  What has leaving the European Union some time in 2019 have to do with four new Ministers at the DWP and as many at the Treasury?   We currently have no shadow pension minister, Angela Rayner who became shadow … Continue reading

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Wake up to the PPF!


  It was good to oversleep and wake up not to the lark (metaphorical here in EC4), but to Alan Rubenstein purring about his Pension Protection Fund. Pension Protection Fund figures published yesterday show the lifeboat scheme has £4.1bn surplus and … Continue reading

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May be!


  Well it was nothing if not “brutal”, though I expect that will be spun to “pragmatic”. The conservative party abandoned any further flirtations with democracy, closed ranks and appointed Teresa May as leader and – from tomorrow- Prime Minister. … Continue reading

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Brexit not AExit


  Disruption of auto-enrolment happened way before the recent referendum and is set to continue as one of the many unintended consequences of a leave vote. The ambitious legislative reforms put in place by the coalition’s pension minister Steve Webb … Continue reading

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Jo Cox is dead – she has not died for nothing


Jo Cox is dead, almost certainly killed by a right wing extremist who shouted “Put Britain First” as he killed her. Andrew Michell MP described her as a “five foot bundle of Yorkshire grit and determination absolutely committed to helping other … Continue reading

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Theft is theft – however and whoever.


    I have been reading about Messrs Grey and Kelly on the FCA’s website. These two advisers systematically pillaged client accounts;  the FCA has found that Mr Kelly what is more Clearly these guys were up to no good … Continue reading

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The soft underbelly of master trusts


  Many master trusts are absolutely rotten – they are not fit for purpose. Lots of advisers are using them as a back door way of bringing in commission, dressed up as high governance charges. The words of Barnett Waddingham’s … Continue reading

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Is automatic-enrolment about to become a pension issue?!


Business software is not glamorous; writing about the goings on of the annual BASDA conference was going to be a challenge, especially with a sexy pension dashboard conference happening concurrently. So I’m pleased to bring a good news story to your … Continue reading

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Value for money from investment consultants


In this article I’m proposing that investment consultants are subject to the same degree of scrutiny as the other service suppliers to trustees. Investment consultants should be subject to a Value for Money assessment). This morning I will be hearing … Continue reading

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Scottish Widows IGC – papering over the cracks


Scottish Widows IGC Chairman’s report is out and if you are a member of a Scottish Widows workplace pension you shouldn’t feel comforted by the words of its Chair Babloo Ramamurthy Although the IGC has carefully scrutinised the various elements of … Continue reading

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