Tag Archives: NEST

Will “DC deficits” become a thing of the past?


News of HMRC’s “change of position” with regards the “net-pay- anomaly” is welcome, and long overdue. It came in the form of a letter sent in response to a request from respected journalist Jo Cumbo of the FT. Govt to … Continue reading

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Are you and your savings “retirement ready”?


I’m getting fit, which is a long way off saying “I’m fit” in any sense of the words. But just getting rid of the first few pounds has put me in a much better frame of mind. Many of us … Continue reading

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Pots follow meerkats?


We all know the problem but it was well put in a recent NOW pensions press release. “There has been a stratospheric rise in pension saving since the introduction of auto enrolment. The ONS data shows that active membership of … Continue reading

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Workplace pensions – value for money?


  This is the second of eight blogs answering the questions set out in the Work and Pension Select’s inquiry into transparency in pensions. The idea is that this blog, together with comments from anyone who chooses, will go to … Continue reading

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Who’s fooling whom – on workplace pensions


“We all have one- we all know who chose it, but none of us know why?” In the 19th century, when riddles were popular, this would have been counted an interesting question. Riddling could make a comeback on social media … Continue reading

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Beware the cuckoos in the NEST


The NEST insight conference was held yesterday in the old assembly hall of the City of London School. Nowadays, the hall is an auditorium for JP Morgan who hosted and delivered a keynote on the changing needs of today’s pensioners (Apparantly … Continue reading

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AE Pots must follow workers (Hargreaves Lansdown’s right)


I have just read a policy paper in my hand from Hargreaves Lansdown;  “Putting Individuals at the Heart of the Pension System”. After some pretty dire submissions to the Work and Pensions Committee on CDC, I hadn’t thought to agree with … Continue reading

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NEST needs you!


Interested in influencing how NEST works for members? News reaches me that the NEST Member Panel is recruiting and looking for hard working, conscientious , pension loving folk like us. You can apply for this position online up to and … Continue reading

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Frank Field helps us spend our pensions


  Here is the main recommendation of Frank Field and  the Workplace Pension Select Committee’sfinal report of its inquiry into Pension freedom and choice published today. We recommend every pension provider offering drawdown is required, by April 2019, to offer a default … Continue reading

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How to run a pension at 1/30th the cost of the pension charge cap.


  How much does it cost to actively manage Alecta, Sweden’s largest workplace pension provider? The answer, according to Magnus Billing – is 0.024% of the funds assets each year. That’s less than 1/30th of the 0.75% cap imposed by … Continue reading

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