Tag Archives: Royal London

“Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war”


One of the features of a close-knit community is that people talk to each other. For Steelworkers this has been at works and  in clubs. Now the works and clubs of Port Talbot, Llanwern, Scunthorpe and Redcar  have digital counterparts in the Facebook pages … Continue reading

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“Going halves on DB” – the argument for (and against) partial transfers.


(Rival) consultancy LCP and insurer Royal London have joined up to produce a paper calling for it to be mandatory for trustees to provide members with the option to take part of their DB pension as pension and part as … Continue reading

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Steve Webb and the triple lock – muddy waters!


  Here’s that Royal London press release, calling for State Pensions to be reduced and contributions to private pensions to increase. Royal London has set out a three point plan for the key pension priorities of an incoming government, including … Continue reading

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Confusion reigns at the Royal London IGC


In general IGC reports and press releases don’t mix. We’ve had two reports which have been advertised to the press and both fail to impress me. We are not asking IGCs to sell their workplace pensions, or even themselves, we’re … Continue reading

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Wanted for listing – IGC/GAA Chair reports


Pension Plowman’s Directory At this week’s Stewardship meeting of the transparency task force, someone asked if there was a Directory of the IGC’s that have been published so far. There wasn’t until then, but I sent round the links of … Continue reading

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Royal London’s IGC kicks off reporting


Royal London’s IGC yesterday became the first to report on its activities in the past 12 months. The report is 9 pages long , is readable and contains some substantive improvements which the IGC has negotiated with Royal London to … Continue reading

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The Oxleas pension scandal


The offer made by the Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust is a scandal. There is no other word for it. Staff are being misinformed about pensions and being offered “sexy-cash” to help Oxleas balance its books. Our nurses are worth more … Continue reading

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Why I’m excited about second hand annuities.


Transparency is the great disinfectant, but disinfectant- when applied to an open wound- can be painful. It is however the only way we can recover. Continue reading

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GARs – a simpler way out for insurers…


This blog offers insurers a simple way out of the problem they have with Guaranteed Annuity Rates- it means paying the reserved for value of the policy rather than the (lower) investment value of the contributions. By way of explanation.. … Continue reading

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Hats off to all workplace pension providers


  I’ve referred earlier this week to an excellent article by Kim North in Money Marketing in which she points to the ongoing work Scottish Widows have been doing on the participation of women in workplace pensions. In the same … Continue reading

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