Tag Archives: Savings

We need to take people and their pension savings more seriously.

There is a section of the FCA’s rulebook  entitled PERG/8/28 which deals with the vexed subject of guidance and advice. . When answering the question “do you give advice?” PERG/8/28 is helpful. The Pension Advisory Service  sees advice as “delivering … Continue reading

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Workplace pensions fall short over “at-retirement support”

At Retirement Support (with its unfortunate acronym) is not high on workplace pension provider’s priority lists and this is reflected in this survey published by Pensions Expert in an article by Stephanie Hawthorne The survey, conducted by Broadridge, was of … Continue reading

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Could a wealth tax fix our broken economy?

Britain is broke, for the second time in 12 years our economy has hit the buffers but this time the noises coming out of Government suggest that it is the wealthy who will pay to fix it. This would be … Continue reading

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How can savers be encouraged to engage with their savings?

  This is the 4th of eight blogs considering the questions put to us by the Work and Pensions Select Committee. Today’s exam question… How can savers be encouraged to engage with their savings? Quick answer; either we can convince … Continue reading

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The loneliness of the long-distance saver

My heart goes out to Jo Cumbo as she pours over her provider statement. Jo is on the employer governance committee for the FT’s own workplace pension (I won’t mention the contract provider but it’s a household name). Here she … Continue reading

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We have “capitalism without the capital” – we should be patient!

It’s budget day and Nigel Wilson has been on Wake up to Money, urging the Chancellor to encourage Britain to invest positively for its future. He tells us that Britain has “Capitalism without the Capital”, he’s right and I’m with the … Continue reading

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Normalising pension saving for everyone

The TUC is publishing this morning important research into inclusion. Since our new pensions minister has included “inclusion” in his title, I hope he is reading it! Six in 10 workers in the UK agriculture and hospitality sectors are not … Continue reading

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Paul Lewis; you are awful – but I like you!

I was shocked to read – as I scrolled though my digital FT this morning – Paul Lewis telling me “employers should pay more into pensions”.  He argues that “miserly contributions into defined contribution schemes are storing up trouble”. I … Continue reading

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How can we expect the young to save? Here’s how!

The odds are stacked against our kids. Low interest rates make paying a mortgage a cinch But tight credit makes getting a first-time  mortgage a nightmare House price inflation makes first-time buying near impossible And pushes up rents as demand … Continue reading

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Myopia and the alternative fact

Not all prejudice is ill-intentioned, I know the author of this comment on a recent blog. He is not ill-intentioned – just short-sighted. There is no one interested to have defined benefit pensions in the UK. They are seem as … Continue reading

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