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Do you want to advise BSPS members in their “time to choose”?


This blog is for financial advisers, though anyone, including BSPS members, may find it useful. Financial advisers are urgently required by these members who are in their “time to choose”. There are two self-help groups for BSPS members. One is for all … Continue reading

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The FCA is quite right to be worried about DB transfers.


The FCA has published an interesting blog entitled Our work on DB transfers. The nub of its findings follow Since October 2015 we have reviewed a total of 88 DB transfers where the recommendation was to transfer. Out of these, … Continue reading

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So you want to pay your own pension costs- do you?


A new twist to the Pension Transfer Debate has been introduced by Willis Towers Watson (WTW) at a seminar last Tuesday at their London offices. At the event, consultants reported a ripple effect caused by the surge in members transferring out. WTW … 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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“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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Transfer values, discount rates and reality – some insight from Con Keating


The picture above shows Con holding forth at a lunch in Whitechapel, I think he was talking of this very subject. “What oft was thought but ne’er so well expressed” – thanks Con! Prompted by the publicity surrounding DB pension … Continue reading

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First Actuarial – “scaremongering on solvency is driving people to cash-out their DB pensions.”


  In a week when we learned pension freedom withdrawals hit a record £1.9bn, First Actuarial warns advisers’ exaggerated concerns about the ongoing viability of defined benefit (DB) schemes is contributing to the recent surge in people cashing out. A … Continue reading

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Is the mood music on DB transfers changing?


The irrational exuberance that characterised the FT’s pension transfer seminar in the spring may have marked a high-water mark in the rush to liberate. Martin Woolf and Merryn Somerset-Webb urged us to take our pension in our own hands (or … Continue reading

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Doing our own laundry.


Travelling across south London on a bus, early on a Sunday morning, I can talk to and listen to people who I don’t come across at work. I ask a West Indian nurse what she thinks of her pension, at … Continue reading

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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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