Tag Archives: pension

How can payroll bureaux profit from auto-enrolment?


I’ve recently been asked by the leading payroll trade publication to answer some questions. I’ve enjoyed thinking about them and have set out my answers below. I’m not a payroll manager and I don’t run a bureau – I’m not … Continue reading

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Plugging phoney deficits does no good!


We have become fixated with phoney pension deficits, now a British pension consultancy is suggesting we can plug phoney deficits with real money, the dividends that support “other people’s pensions. This is what we think of the phoney deficits. Our … Continue reading

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FABI says “no no” to the deficit yo-yo!


The First Actuarial Best-estimate Index (FABI) continues on a more predictable flight. An actuary speaks! Rob Hammond, who oversees the number crunching behind FABI says: “Yo-yo deficits do nothing to restore people’s confidence in their pensions. FABI paints a truer … Continue reading

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FAKE NEWS – eroding the credibility of pensions.


“Yesterday I ran a blog complaining not about fake news but about misinformation accompanying the news. MOMENTUM – hang your head in shame! The news Momentum has is that the vast majority of people over 55 still don’t know when … Continue reading

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Doing something useful with our money


Pension Funds like bonds, they provide a regular income stream and some bonds pay income for twenty years or more, a bit like lending money as a mortgage. Which begs the question “why don’t pension funds lend money as mortgages?”. … Continue reading

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The peril of pensions (a quiet word in payroll’s ear).


Anyone who manages payroll, whether in-house or as an outsourcer, will by now have discovered the perils of auto-enrolment. This article will not rehearse the process issues (you’ll be relieved to know). But with auto-enrolment come workplace pensions. Currently the majority … Continue reading

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Why I’m scared of wealth managers


This blog’s written for the advisory community, but if – like me – you are considered a target for wealth management – you might want to read it too.   Consumers approaching the tipping point from saving to spending their … Continue reading

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The demise of Pan-European-Pensions


This blog was prompted by reports that Britain is fast withdrawing QROPS status to many of our European partners. A Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme, or QROPS, is an overseas pension scheme that meets certain requirements set by Her Majesty’s … Continue reading

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Why pensions pinch your pay packet


We now know that we are unlikely to get a national pay rise for the rest of the decade. We are worse off in terms of wages than we were ten years ago. What we get paid matters and with … Continue reading

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Good and bad news for Tata’s pension scheme


BSPS members down but not out The deal facing members of the British Steel Pension Schemes(BSPS)  isn’t great , but it’s a whole lot better than that predicted. What’s clear is that there won’t be much future accrual of defined … Continue reading

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