Tag Archives: pension

Investing to secure defined outcomes

This is Stuart Fowler‘s first post on this blog. I am very pleased he is sharing this essay which focuses on the difficult challenge of investing for a pension. When I met the Chairman of the FCA I asked him if … Continue reading

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Seven ways to improve Defined Benefit funding

In March 2020, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) opened a consultation on its proposed revisions to the DB funding code. In framing its response, First Actuarial proposes seven ways to change DB funding for the better. What do we want the … Continue reading

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Can Government put social freedom back in the bottle?

LATEST: All social gatherings of more than 6 people will be banned in England under new Covid-19 limits to be announced tomorrow by PM Boris Johnson. The police will have new powers to disperse and fine any group larger than … Continue reading

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Ros Altmann’s response to TPR’s DB funding code consultation.

I have asked for responses to the Pension Regulator’s consultation questions and Ros Altmann has obliged. As a member of the House of Lords and former Pension Minister, I hope Ros’ replies will be of particular interest Continue reading

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Taking someone else’s numbers for it. The shortcomings of AoVs.

  I suffer from pension dreams, these wake me up at odd hours of the morning with questions that I cannot answer. This morning’s question was put to me by someone who bought a pension savings plan from me when … Continue reading

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93% of advisers put two fingers up to TPR’s Fast Track funding proposals

The UK #pensions sector has undertaken a temperature check on major changes to a funding code, governing DB schemes, proposed by the Regulator. The result was a cool response to proposals for a new “twin track” approach to scheme valuations. … Continue reading

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Life expectancy is a statistical calculation which estimates the average number of years individuals in a certain group will live. However, people seem to interpret it as an expert opinion that tells them exactly how long they can expect to … Continue reading

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Superfunds and COVID-19

In a very good overview of superfunds, Jo Cumbo and the FT explain the new option available to the 5000+ employers sponsoring DB schemes on what Guy Opperman calls their spectrum of choice. Jo makes clear that superfunds are not … Continue reading

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“That’s an interesting choice”

“That’s an interesting choice” is a statement that interests me a lot. It is an entirely satisfactory response to a test we have just started with the FCA in which we allow people to compare pension pots by way of … Continue reading

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Workplace pensions fall short over “at-retirement support”

At Retirement Support (with its unfortunate acronym) is not high on workplace pension provider’s priority lists and this is reflected in this survey published by Pensions Expert in an article by Stephanie Hawthorne The survey, conducted by Broadridge, was of … Continue reading

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