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Now and then.

It all started so well – and ended so sadly. Yesterday NOW’s owner, the Government backed Danish Pension Fund announced it was selling it’s UK master trust to Cardano, the Dutch Fiduciary Manager. NOW were the first organisation to seriously … Continue reading

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How green is my workplace pension?

I hadn’t thought of Grant Thornton as thought leaders in pensions. On Friday I met with an old friend – Sandy Trust to talk about value for money. Well that’s what I thought we’d talk about- but Sandy –  canny … Continue reading

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Was that “do-nothing” budget good or bad for pensions?

We are naturally conservative, resisting change while demanding improvements. We cannot have it both ways! Maintaining the status quo – as yesterday’s budget did, will please those who hate tinkering but displease those who see the current system as broken. … Continue reading

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DWP now leads the way on cost disclosure

  What’s this about? In a first-rate document, the DWP have set out radical proposals to allow ordinary people to see and compare the costs  their trustees are paying for the investment of their pension money. These proposals go well beyond … Continue reading

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Good from NOW – poor from HMRC

  That we should still be talking about the “net-pay anomaly” shows how little the debate has move on in a year. For most people losing out on their promised incentives for saving into a workplace pension , “anomaly” is … Continue reading

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Time for the master-trusts to show their investment mettle.

I have a problem with the accountability of master trusts for their investment outcomes. To my knowledge, only NEST (in Mark Fawcett) has an appointed individual responsible for the member’s investment outcomes. Other master trusts may have internal accountabilities, but … Continue reading

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We cannot treat low-earners as second class retirees.

I am returning again to the complicated tax situation that people earning under the nil-rate income threshold find themselves in when saving into pensions. I’m doing so for three reasons From a societal point of view , it is wrong … Continue reading

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The Pension Regulator should not market workplace pensions.

  In his statement to announce his scheme’s withdrawal from tPR’s list of workplace pension providers Morton Nilsson claims NOW: Pensions has always been a huge supporter of the master trust assurance framework and was one of the first providers … Continue reading

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The past, present and future of Pensions #autoenrolment

On Wednesday , at 5pm , I’ll be explaining these slides at Accountex 2017 – a talk generously sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals. It’s going to be a fun, provocative and I hope instructive talk and I’m … Continue reading

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“Only rich people think small amounts don’t matter”

That’s a quote from Debora Price and I’m making it a strap for whatever campaign I can cobble together to make Government Incentives happen for those who qualify for them , but can’t get them because their trustees don’t collect … Continue reading

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