Tag Archives: Retirement

Retirement debate overlooks tax-payer funding

This is another article shared with us by Jim Hennington. There is something very simple about the way that Australians debate pensions and I  found this article informs very well on the ongoing debate we have in the UK. Clearly … Continue reading

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“Gonna break out of the City” – and retire to a very cheap house in the country

  No song was more thrilling to me as a 15 year old than Eddie and the Hot Rods “do anything you wanna do!”. Its opening line is quoted in the title of this blog and you can hear Eddie … Continue reading

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Adding life to our years, not just years to our lives.

  “What all of us want, as we age, is to add life to our years, rather than just years to life. An extended middle age is not unique to US politicians. It should be available to everyone — and … Continue reading

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Retirement’s also about debt

If you look at the Trustee board for StepChange, Britain’s largest charity dealing with the impact of debt, you will see three people familiar to the pension community Sue Lewis (right) – now a trustee of People’s Pension and formerly … Continue reading

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Why a new pensions commission would fail

There’s a call from our current pensions minister to set up another pension commission like we had fifteen years ago.  That commission was a success as it resulted in progressive policies like auto-enrolment and made us sit up and think … Continue reading

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Some home-truths about our pensions.

When asked “have you got a pension”, most people now say yes. That’s because most people (not all) who are in workplace pensions see the amount paid into a savings account as a payroll deduction that says “pension”. There are … Continue reading

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Can we really afford to retire?

That’s the question Michael Buerk has been asking those tuning into the second episode of Channel 5’s documentary on our retirement planning. 1.5m of us are working beyond the retirement age with 90% reliant on state benefits alone. One in … Continue reading

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Is a retirement pot a retirement plan?

Jo Cumbo’s public resolution – as part of national financial planning week – to adopt a plan for her retirement – was as brave as it was sensible. How many of us have worked out a strategy for the “what … Continue reading

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Is there wisdom in saving?

Thanks to Dave Thompson who sent me this random picture, presumably with a hope of an answer! I suspect its a teaser for Pensions Awareness Day – which is now just a fortnight away! Well here goes Dave, I’m going … Continue reading

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It’s not pensions that are scary – it’s “search”!

I’ve been quoted in @OscarWGrut‘s latest investigation on how Google is STILL allowing high-risk bonds to be flogged in searches for savings deals, despite recent scandals. It’s time for Google to take its duty of care to consumers seriously. Read … Continue reading

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