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Three little pots went to market

The point of this blog is to show 1. One way of avoiding the damaging impact of the MPAA on future saving 2. The depth of knowledge needed to make good at retirement decisions (especially where there is no adviser … Continue reading

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Dip into your pension at 55 and you could be “pension non grata”.

Most people know they can draw the money in their pension pot from 55, and because they can – they do. Very few sustainable drawdown plans are established by people in their fifties and very few annuities. 55% of annuities … 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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Right in principle – wrong in practice. Ros Altmann’s tax reforms need more work

  Ros Altmann is bang on the money when proposing we link healthcare and pensions in her most recent blog The big picture policy issue for the UK is how to afford a healthcare system that is free at the … Continue reading

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An inflation-busting “pay-rise” for low earners – but “who pays?”

The Government’s announced that for pay periods starting  on or after 1st April 2020 the National Living Wage (NLW) will increase by 6.2% – four times the rate of inflation. The NLW (for over 25 year olds) will increase  from … Continue reading

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HMRC – pay up on your pension promises!

I’m a member of the Net Pay Action Group and I’m going to hold this Government to the promise it made in the Conservative Party Manifesto. We have a “pre-cooked” way to stop 1.7m low earners being diddled out of … Continue reading

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What “fair pensions” might mean in the next five years.

  Jim Coney writing in the Times , explains his thinking on pensions tax-relief. He is right to point to the likelihood of major reform of the current system within the next 5 years. If the Conservatives are going to … Continue reading

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Jo’s pension manifesto

Sometimes someone comes out with a simple statement that makes sense of all the noise. Jo Cumbo launched her pension manifesto in the pages of Pensions Expert this week and I don’t want them to be lost to readers of … Continue reading

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Pension tax transparency a long way off

    The malaise  with pension taxation goes much deeper than the immediate symptoms, the complexity of the Annual and Lifetime allowances, the obscurity of the money purchase annual allowance and the perversity of the running both net pay and … Continue reading

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Time to tackle pensions tax

Pension taxation isn’t working. It is benefiting those who find it easy to save and not incentivising those who don’t. It is causing doctors to work below their peak capacity and demanding up to 25% more in contributions from our … Continue reading

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