Tag Archives: Guy Opperman

Why pensions must bank on change! We need Open Pensions not a data monopoly.


Bounding on stage like he’d just won the 3.15 at Hexham, Guy Opperman exclaimed The occasion – a Prospect discussion called “Banking on Change; the discussion “what open banking could mean for you”. On an evening where BREXIT was whistling … Continue reading

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Dashboard-smashboard ; we’re done with you!


The Pension Play Pen met this lunchtime and we’ve decided to ban the word dashboard from our lexicon of pension bull. “Dashboard” is old hat lingo – implying a steering wheel and all kinds of stuff that people aren’t ready … Continue reading

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“No dash in dashboard!” (Paul Lewis)


I’m not sure about the provenance of his info (the link is broken) but Paul doesn’t tweet without good reason. This is important. Minister confirms what I wrote recently, the state pension – which is the biggest part of the … Continue reading

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The “pensions industry” must speak for pensions – not the people who profit from them.


There is an assumption that for innovation to happen in the pensions industry, it needs to have the sanction of the “pensions industry”. Take this comment from Sam. CDC will be a disaster unless you can convince the pensions industry … 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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Whatever happened to “pot follows member”?


The Liberal pension spokesperson – the very shadowy Stephen Lloyd, has labelled the Conservative Government “incompetent” for shelving Steve Webb’s pot follows member initiative (which should have arrived in 2016). Guy Opperman, with the weight of the Government’s massive research … Continue reading

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My call for an end to contingent fees on DB pension transfers


  Calls to keep contingent pricing fall on my deaf ears. I champion the pension rights of those with low incomes and I champion the rights of those likely to get lower pensions (women). I don’t champion the right of … Continue reading

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“Trust is a fragile thing” – it’s based on sharing.


Alistair Queen of Aviva is a great representative of his company. He curated this graphic to twitter yesterday – and it was well liked. Alistair’s comment was made in the context of frustration from Jon Stapleton, a journalist who has done … Continue reading

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Tough choices for our Pension Minister


Despite the reshuffle, our Pension Minister, Guy Opperman is staying our Pension Minister. As pension celebs go, Opperman has been – so far – decidedly B-list; there is only so much time a Pensions Minister gets to acquaint himself with … Continue reading

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