Tag Archives: Guarantee

Is TPR setting too high a bar for CDC?

If you’re thinking of running a CDC scheme, make sure you have deep pockets. The application price alone is an eye-watering £77,000. This compares with £23,000 to apply for master trust authorisation. No one will make an application without being  … Continue reading

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The cost of guarantee and trust deficit in the USS- Woon Wong

  This blog from Woon Wong is a very welcome addition to the  evidence that USS is architect of the predicament it finds itself in. Despite a short balloting period, staff of 37 universities voted for strike action over changes … Continue reading

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Doesn’t pension freedom extend to Defined Benefits?

The debate about the assumptions we use to decide the state of our defined benefit schemes is in full swing. On the one hand you have those, like John Ralfe who use an approach which ensures that there’s always enough … Continue reading

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Why DB pension promises may need a credit rating.

How do you rate the creditworthiness of your scheme’s funding? Trustees of defined benefit schemes now have to properly assess the employer’s ability (and willingness) to fund the promises made to the members of the scheme. The assessment helps them in negotiations with the … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about risk – trustees, let’s talk about you and me..

Members cannot take exercise freedoms on pensions in payment so the decision to draw a DB pension is as irreversible as buying an annuity. Trustees need to make their members knowledgeable about their options. Continue reading

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What should we pay for the annuity guarantee?

  The publication of the FCA’s market study on annuities has not met with much enthusiasm. Consumerists do not think it has gone far enough to punish lazy insurers. Those on the sell side find it hard to understand what … Continue reading

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Sing if you’re “GLAD” to be grey!

If you’re old enough to recognise the reference to Tom Robinson’s 1977 gay anthem then you’re grey, bald or using restorer! Here’s Tom singing about queer bashing on “So it Goes” , complete with Japanese sub-titles (that’s the wonder of … Continue reading

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A promise or a guarantee?

If Steve Webb wants AE to work, he should stop turning promises into guarantees and burdening employers with unforeseen liabilities and huge consultative and administrative costs. Continue reading

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