Tag Archives: L&G

The world of the inactive investor


  Of all my amateur enthusiasms, my interest in how to invest my money is perhaps the silliest. The economist’s hat sits ill upon my head, my capacity to second guess market trends is zero. So I’m always pleased to … Continue reading

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Why the Autumn Statement was so important for pensions


Last Thursday I pointed out how the introduction of a Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) could be the most significant statement on pensions that Osborne never made. Paul Lewis has blogged the details, follow his twitter timeline to see the Q&A … Continue reading

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Calling all accountants and payroll bureaux


QTAC, the Pension Regulator and Pension PlayPen have got together to provide payroll bureaux and accountants with responsibility for payroll with training on how to stage and manage auto-enrolment. They’re all over the country and will cover the key issues … Continue reading

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Auto-enrolment – now get stuck in!


Auto-enrolment is 3 years old but the real fun only starts here. In the coming quarter, we will be preparing for the big spikes in staging that begin in January 2016. Whether you are an accountant, work in a payroll … Continue reading

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Mobilising millions – training employers on AE.


Who is going to mobilise the millions of bosses still to stage auto-enrolment? There are not 1.3m but 1.8m employers in the UK who will need to stage auto-enrolment.Of these , all but around 65,000, more than 1,790,000 employers have … Continue reading

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FINANCIAL UNDERSTANDING – what one insurer’s doing to improve things.


A lot of people think that big financial institutions prey upon the ignorance of the public. Many have, many have treated their customers as seals to be clubbed on the beach. Part of the problem for insurers was that they … Continue reading

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Don’t underestimate SME’s hunger for investment know-how!


I am  frustrated by the capitulation of many in the pension industry to the challenge faced by inducting 1.2m new employers into our funded pension culture. The Pension Apartheid practiced by the investment elite At a recent event, Joanne Segers, CEO … Continue reading

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The pernicious power of financial advertising


The incendiary resignation letter from Peter Oborne cites the removal of articles from the Telegraph’s website , claiming the articles went because of pressure from HSBC as a major advertiser. Buzzfeed have the story (and the article( here). I know … Continue reading

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The enormous importance of Legal and General


  If one insurer has done more than any other for workplace pensions it is Legal & General. For early stagers like Marks & Spencer they opened a master trust , they were the first insurer to adopt clean 50bps … Continue reading

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How competitive is our private pension system?


    We are three months away from the launch of the new pension freedoms and not much is happening. There ain’t nothing shaking but the leaves on the trees! NEST has issued a lengthy consultation on what it should … Continue reading

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