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Is there any “challenge” to this Pension Dashboard?


I was invited yesterday to the Treasury’s “Challenge Panel” , held to discuss the proposals for the pensions dashboard, a prototype of which will emerge next month. Actually, I wasn’t invited – I went in someone else’s place. I went … Continue reading

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Pension Dashboard – cure or curse?


    This lunchtime , the Pension PlayPen lunch will be discussing this very question. If you’d like to have your say in what is likely to be a robust discussion, get yourself to the Partners Room in the Counting … Continue reading

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£500 “wealth cheques” written by those “just getting by”.


First the facts The Treasury has upped the amount savers will be able to draw from their pensions to pay for financial advice from £500 to £1,500. In August, the Government set out plans for a £500 “pensions advice allowance” … 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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Pension Wise+Pension Dashboard=?


You’ve probably seen the splurge of advertising for Pensions Wise, as it eases towards a new brand. Odd! Someone’s got a budget to burn! In a couple of months we’ll have a new brand and a whole load more rules … Continue reading

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The demise of Pan-European-Pensions


This blog was prompted by reports that Britain is fast withdrawing QROPS status to many of our European partners. A Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme, or QROPS, is an overseas pension scheme that meets certain requirements set by Her Majesty’s … Continue reading

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A new pension deal for the self- employed


In April 2015, the Government announced it intended to abolish class 2 National Insurance Contributions and replace them with a new system for the payment of Class 4 NICS. On 5th December they published more detail. Broadly this will mean … Continue reading

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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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