Tag Archives: The Pensions Regulator

We need more than “A pin-stickers guide to workplace pensions”.


Steve Bee once told me that all workplace pensions are the same.  In the context of the conversation (getting small employers to chose the right one), I knew what he meant, it is as hard for small employers to pick … Continue reading

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(s)Carey pensions!


Thanks to Angie Brooks for bring to our attention a very disturbing matter relating to Carey Pensions. “Careys” will be known to those working in the early days of auto-enrolment for providing auto-enrolment shells into which various entrepreneurial fund managers … Continue reading

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LCP and Royal London; helping us make better retirement decisions


LCP and Royal London have produced a joint report on HELPING DB MEMBERS MAKE BETTER RETIREMENT DECISIONS: THE ROLE OF SCHEMES, ADVISERS, REGULATORS AND GOVERNMENT You can read it here The Main findings are The LCP Breakfast Briefing I had … Continue reading

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A Pension Food Bank for the DC saver


Ok – so it’s not a big news week for pensions , but well done Jack Gilbert of Citywire’s New Model Adviser for getting a meet with Frank Field, and well reported on what I can only call a “welcome … Continue reading

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How do we value our large DB plans?


  Today’s Pension Play Pen lunch (at the Hydrant pub not the Counting House) will discuss how best we value our large DB plans. What do we mean by large DB plans? I guess there are a number of big … Continue reading

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“NOW and then” ; why one big master trust is “off the list”!


News that one of the “big three master trusts ” was closing a significant door to new business, came as a surprise to auto-enrolment practitioners. NOW claimed to have voluntarily withdrawn itself from the Pension Regulator’s master trust assurance list, meaning … Continue reading

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The past, present and future of Pensions #autoenrolment


On Wednesday , at 5pm , I’ll be explaining these slides at Accountex 2017 – a talk generously sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals. It’s going to be a fun, provocative and I hope instructive talk and I’m … Continue reading

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Real money and real people need real regulation.


  I am an admirer of Angie Brooks, though my opinion of her is not shared by Andrew Warwick- Thompson of the Pension Regulator. Angie and Andrew see pension scams in different ways. This evening I talked with Angie about … Continue reading

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A time to be angry


  I got angry yesterday… I was on a conference call with a couple of lawyers arguing about the technical difference between a “duty of care” and the need to “act in good faith”. Apparently the semantics let an employer … Continue reading

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Is pressure building on financial services?


One test of populism will be the extent to which “populist” Governments take on the cost of saving and investing. We are used to “bank bashing”, they were the justifiable targets of public wrath for the savings and loans crisis, … Continue reading

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