Tag Archives: Treasury

A sad year – when only Tories count.


I am going to the Conservative party conference, I am not going to the freak show in Liverpool and I don’t even know when the Liberals are convening. I have limited time on my hands to understand Government but I … Continue reading

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An Apple a day, 700 reasons not to stay!


General angst, everywhere but here! There are a lot of people getting very angry about the EU’s determination that Apple should be paying Euro 13bn in tax to the Irish Government. Apple aren’t happy at the prospect of corporate profits … Continue reading

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Should we block the triple lock?


  Ros Altmann speaks out (shock!) We now have three former  pension ministers making a lot more noise than our current pension minister. Ros Altmann who we are now realising never should have done the jog Steve Webb who should … Continue reading

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No! Pension Minister!


   Did she jump – was she pushed? Speaking on Vanessa Feltz’s LBC show this morning  (goo.gl/LQ99b8  1:17:20-1:31:21) , Ros Altmann said it was a bit of both. The events since her “resignation” suggest that the role of Pensions Minister … Continue reading

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Tactical transparency from the Investment Association


  Professional Pensions reports that the Investment Association (IA) have appointed senior pension figures to advise the it on a new disclosure code for investment costs. Helen Morrisey, the paper’s editor is optimistic I’m sure the process will be challenging but … Continue reading

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Brexit not AExit


  Disruption of auto-enrolment happened way before the recent referendum and is set to continue as one of the many unintended consequences of a leave vote. The ambitious legislative reforms put in place by the coalition’s pension minister Steve Webb … Continue reading

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Lisa and Wisa – bosum buddies or a pair of boobs?


Reactions  to Michael Johnson’s performance in front of the Work and Pensions Select Committee polarise between the enthusiastic (Michael Johnson) and the derisory (the pension establishment). In between are those on the Select Committee such as Richard Graham MP who … Continue reading

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Pension Freedoms need a Pension Dashboard


Jo Cumbo asks how the Pension Freedoms are bedding down. I don’t have access to the big data of an insurer but I am 54 and am now only six months from my entitlement to blow my savings on whatever I … Continue reading

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A soft centered budget – (not as sweet as it sounded).


Sterling’s a great indicator of how experts really see a budget and yesterday Sterling fell against a basket of major currencies. We may have liked our sugar tax and our Lifetime ISA but the pound fell against the dollar and … Continue reading

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“Help to save accounts”- crumbs for the poor.


  The Government is planning (according to the BBC) to spend £70m of tax-payers money incentivising those who are not in work (but trying to get a job) to build up an emergency kitty. These savings will be held in “help … Continue reading

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