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So you want to pay your own pension costs do you?


A new twist to the Pension Transfer Debate has been introduced by Willis Towers Watson (WTW) at a seminar last Tuesday at their London offices. At the event, consultants reported a ripple effect caused by the surge in members transferring out. WTW … Continue reading

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AA and LTA – a small price for the rich to pay.


  The Telegraph have unearthed some research that suggests that the average extra tax paid by the pension super-rich is £46,332. HMRC’s figures show that the total amount of tax paid by people whose pension savings rise above the lifetime … Continue reading

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Merryn is right, we should expect more from workplace pensions.


This blog is a sharp rap across the knuckles to the providers of workplace pensions whose “member propositions” are woeful. Coward that I am, I have to ride shotgun on the coach and horses driven by Merryn Somerset-Webb in the … Continue reading

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Helping older people with money


  I’m pleased to see the FCA publishing a paper on the particular problems older people  have with financial services, I haven’t read it all , only the summary (which I can summarise as the paper does)! The summary rightly … Continue reading

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New torment for investment consultants – Mike Foster.


  Mike is a senior consultant at Montfort Communications. Until recently he was assistant editor at Financial News and that journalistic pedigree shines through in this remarkable piece of writing. Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind … Continue reading

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So who IS accountable for your pension returns?


  The little I can remember of my O level maths was the dictum “show your working”. It is a primitive call for what we call an “audit trail”, allowing the marker to find out how wrong you were or … 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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Workplace Pension winners and losers- Punter Southall Aspire do the numbers (Now with added NEST!)


Employers selecting DC default investment funds for their workforce pensions assume they’re making a wise investment choice. However, a new report, ‘Who’s performing well?’ from Punter Southall Aspire, which examined nine major DC pension providers’ default pension funds in their … Continue reading

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Sexy cash in a vibrant market? You ain’t seen nothing yet!


I’m not quite sure why Money Marketing is reporting man of the people Steve Webb as re-phrasing Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s famous phrase, this way Steve Webb: DB transfer demand? You’ve not seen anything yet Steve is not a linguistic pedant and … Continue reading

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Are bonds “suitable” assets to meet the promises of a pension plan?


    Pension funds are struggling to find suitable assets in which to invest, says Pat Race of KPMG in an article in FTfm. The headline of the article is that “North American Pension Funds grow assets faster than their … Continue reading

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