Tag Archives: Ros Altmann

CETVs; the flight from quality


Both the Times and the Financial Times report today on the anticipated voluntary withdrawals from Britain’s DB pensions through cash equivalent transfer values (CETVs). The FT, relying on Mercer as a source, estimate the withdrawals to be as much as … Continue reading

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Pension Risk Sharing – they’re all at it but us!


Japanese CDC is coming @JohnRalfe1 @markjrowlinson @WillJAitken @henryhtapper https://t.co/e9D2UClhBR — Sam Pickford (@pickfos) June 2, 2017 Oh dear! News that the Japanese have gone all defined ambition did not go down well. Infact it went down like Japanese Knotweed at … Continue reading

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Was DC the only choice for the Tata Steelworkers?


      Speaking on the radio yesterday, John Ralfe called the decision of Tata Staff to accept the loss of future accrual into a final salary scheme in exchange for a 10% contribution into a DC pension fund as … Continue reading

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John Ralfe, Ros Altmann and the cost of central heating.


John Ralfe kindly promoted my article on the lack of diversity in the AE review. The AE review and the pension stitch up. https://t.co/8585n7hOEL via @henryhtapper is spot on — John Ralfe (@JohnRalfe1) February 11, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Responsible John By … Continue reading

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Pensions and the Media


We like to think that the media works well with the pension industry, but it’s a relationship based on our money, not on mutual respect. In this article I look at how the media really view pensions, concluding we have … Continue reading

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Why some transfer values are (ridiculously) high.


A cash equivalent transfer value (CETV) is a right of anyone in a defined benefit pension scheme. The following explanation is taken from the Pensions Regulator’s website. A CETV represents the expected cost of providing the member’s benefits within the … Continue reading

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Shouldn’t Pension Schemes CREATE jobs? #CIPD


News that ballooning pension deficits are hitting profits and leading to hiring freezes is both unwelcome and unacceptable. Pension schemes should be benefiting UK businesses, enabling them to retire those becoming less productive and hire the best new talent. But … Continue reading

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Please don’t die-I was enjoying your annuity!


News that Government has finally put the Secondary Annuity Market down is no surprise. It was one of Steve Webb’s worst ideas and has proved about as popular as Osborne. Economically, the creation of a market in annuities is a … Continue reading

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A sad year – when only Tories count.


I am going to the Conservative party conference, I am not going to the freak show in Liverpool and I don’t even know when the Liberals are convening. I have limited time on my hands to understand Government but I … Continue reading

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Property or pension – Village or City?


  Ros Altmann, who writes better than any financial commentator I know, has produced a brilliant blog on the differences between investing in a property and investing in a pension. You can read the blog here, this is the key … Continue reading

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