Tag Archives: John Ralfe

USS; are UCU and UUK missing the big picture?

This is nonsense. If universities can’t pay the required #USS DB contribution, then simply move to DC, which was of course the original plan. Universities backed down in the face of strikes https://t.co/rYtU1azGjM via @timeshighered — John Ralfe (@JohnRalfe1) November … Continue reading

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Are John and Norma right – are we facing the end of mass-retirement?

@JosephineCumbo could you pls explain why “open” DB schemes are less risky than closed schemes, and should therefore be subject to weaker funding requirements? “Josephine Cumbo: Open and closed case @@corpadviser https://t.co/u3loRiZxB6 — John Ralfe (@JohnRalfe1) October 30, 2020 The … Continue reading

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“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

I am very pleased that Con Keating and Iain Clacher’s recent article has got so much attention , both in terms of readers and in terms of social media comment. Though I am one of those who thinks the Pension … Continue reading

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All plans off for DB funding proposals

I’m sorry to have missed the FT’s DB funding debate, it sounds like a lively affair! Mercer, the professional services firm, last week estimated the aggregate accounting deficit for DB schemes for the UK’s 350 largest listed companies was £52bn … Continue reading

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More argy-bargy in pension’s tax-trenches

  Blessed are the peacemakers, until they wade into a debate on tax-relief. The saintly Darren Philp , maybe picking up from comments from ex DWP govt actuary Andy Young, tried to change the debate. To summarise his argument, he … Continue reading

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A pension tax- relief debate (beats Love Island any Sunday)

While the nation was working out Dancing on Ice and the new #loveisland line-up,  I was engaged in an intellectual arm-wrestle with amongst others, Mike Otsuka, John Ralfe, Sam Pickford, Steve Bee and (in the stands) Ros Altmann. The topic, … Continue reading

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Let’s play nicely!

  This is a most unusual blog as it starts with an apology – an apology to John Ralfe . It is also an apology to any of the people who were offended by my early morning rant at John. … Continue reading

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The financing of DC

As anticipated (in blogging), yesterday’s article on CDC attracted some vitriol, not just from my friend Con Keating, but from the inter-web of things. The idea that a #cdc plan could smooth outcones by borrowing is a load of #bollocks … Continue reading

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Doctor heal thyself? Where do NHSPS members get help on their pensions?

    Listeners to Paul Lewis’ MoneyBox were treated yesterday to a lively debatebetween Jo Cumbo , John Ralfe and Paul Lewis. While interpretations of the problems facing the NHS and in particular the NHS pension scheme and its membership … Continue reading

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Beware the reasonable Ralfe

John Ralfe has written an article on the problems highly paid NHS staff are having staying members of the NHS Pension Scheme. He has a number of remedies for the Doctors, most involve Doctors being able to swap pension accrual … Continue reading

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