Tag Archives: Port Talbot

The Great #PensionDebate…is wider than Swansea Bay!


The Great Pension Debate was a fabulous success and proves for a second time that Al Rush is capable of uniting a body of pension enthusiasts in a way nobody else can. Good job Al.   The ongoing challenge Much as … Continue reading

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In the rising of the sun and its going down


Well we’re here in advance of the Great Pension Debate in the Aberavon Beach Hotel in Port Talbot, in a couple of hours, I’ll be introducing Paul Lewis, Jo Cumbo and the brilliant IFAs who will be focussing our minds … Continue reading

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Recognition for Al Rush and for Chive, but have we learned Port Talbot’s lessons?


It was good that Chive received recognition from the IFA community at last night’s Money Marketing Awards. The final award of the evening is the Outstanding Contribution Award sponsored by @RoyalLondon #MMAwards2018 — Money Marketing (@_moneymarketing) June 21, 2018 It … Continue reading

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Lessons from Port Talbot – webinar – 26th June


Transfer values from DB schemes tripled in 2017 to £34.2bn. Transfer values are fundamentally changing the cashflow profile of many defined benefit schemes and bringing new challenges for trustees and employers. Last year, the highest profile transfer value activity was … Continue reading

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What now for the new BSPS and its members?


I was sent an announcement yesterday about the new British Steel Pension Scheme. It’s a complicated message and I’ve tried to add comments that explain what each paragraph means in a little easier way. My comments are in green. They … Continue reading

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The CMA and IDWG are looking for the right grubs under the wrong stones.


The Competition and Markets Authority has produced the first of a series of working papers (only 90 pages) looking at the buy-side of institutional intermediation (e.g. what happens between buying an asset and the return the customer gets). “The evidence reviewed … Continue reading

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Bamboozled by vultures! – The Work and Pensions report on Port Talbot


Though it reveals little new, Frank Field’s report into what happened  in the British Steel Pension Scheme is nothing if not a good read. But we shouldn’t allow headlines about sausage ‘n’ chips suppers and factory-gate skulduggery to get in … Continue reading

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Trial by twitter’s fine by me!


An IFA withdraws its transfer service complaining it’s the victim of “trial by twitter”. Accountability is something that falls hard on adviser’s shoulders. Because we are in the business of longer term investment, the outcomes of our advice will typically … Continue reading

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Who need’s a factory gate when there’s google


Update***** Update****Update***** Update*****Update*****Update The ad below appeared this morning as the top Google Ad on the search “Carillion pensions”.  I asked the FCA and tPR to ask for it to be taken down shortly after and it has been taken … Continue reading

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Will “sausage and chips” replace the Lamborghini?


As the initial euphoria of ‘never having to buy an annuity again’ wears off, the prospect of freedoms becomes less appealing Whether ‘sausage and chips’ or ‘chicken in the basket’, the ‘factory gating’ that has gone on in South Wales … Continue reading

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