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My biggest financial decision was made with professional advice.


The most important single financial decision facing the baby-boomers of middle England today is what to do with their defined benefit pension rights. It is – alas – a binary decision as few schemes offering split transfer values; the choice is “should I stay … Continue reading

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FAB index up despite fall in gilt yields!


  In contrast to the PPF 7800 index and other commentators’ indices, First Actuarial’s Best estimate (FAB) Index improved in February to a surplus of £288bn across the 6,000 UK defined benefit schemes. This was despite a sharp fall in … Continue reading

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The ABI goes FABI on claims!


    Readers of this blog listening to the ABI’s Huw Evans on Wake up to Money, may have been spluttering into their tea and biscuits! The ABI are faced with a cut in the discount rate used to calculate compensation … Continue reading

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“So what’s the problem?” Con Keating on the PLSA’s consolidation paper.


    The PLSA paper “The case for consolidation” begs an important question; one far broader than it addresses. The Pensions Regulator and DWP have concluded that DB pensions do not suffer from a problem of systemic risk, but the … Continue reading

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The CWU pension proposals – your questions answered.


Yesterday’s article got a lot of interest and a number of people have asked for the technical details behind the CWU’s headlines; but first the headlines! All 130,000 Royal Mail staff could have access to DB accrual going forward Members … Continue reading

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Pensions Resurgent! The merit of the CWU’s proposals to the Royal Mail


For the third day I am returning to the CWU’s proposals to the Royal Mail which I now consider the most important break through in pension scheme design we have seen in Britain this century. I base this on three … Continue reading

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Giving the self-employed their “pensions due”.


The budget announcement of a phased 2% increase in Class 4 National Insurance Contributions (NIC)s was generally considered bad politics but could it be good policy? In pension circles, any changes to NICs are regarded as interesting. They fund the … Continue reading

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Rutger Bregman’s “Utopia for realists”


  I hadn’t heard of Rutger Bregman till this weekend and I still haven’t read his book “Utopia for Realists”. But I am drawn to a man who quotes the ideas of Thomas More , believes in a Universal Basic … Continue reading

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Time to dig this Government out of its hole?


Tax, national insurance and pensions policy should be put in a vault marked “toxic” and should be handled with extreme caution. This morning I have three toxic issues to prove my point. The fiasco of announcing an increase in national insurance … Continue reading

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The half completed bridge – pension tax reform.


      Today is Budget Day, though you wouldn’t know it! It’s a kind of side-issue when mainstream news is dominated by Trump’s latest antics and speculation over BREXIT. There was a time when the Pension world would be … Continue reading

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