Tag Archives: VFM

Can we get the IGCs and FCA back on the same track?

  The FCA’s relationship with workplace pension providers for whom they have oversight (e.g. the providers of group personal pensions and group SIPPs) has clearly deteriorated over the past 15 months, as has its relationship with their Independent Governance Committees … Continue reading

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FCA delivers tardy providers and their IGCs a sucker punch

In a surprise statement, the FCA has accepted it my not given providers of workplace Group Personal Pensions (GPPs), sufficient clarity on what the FCA is looking for them to disclose. Some stakeholders think that costs and charges data should … Continue reading

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TPR/FCA and Government – shining light on value for money

TPR’s Corporate Plan  for the next three years is for the most part solid and uncontroversial. Where it extends beyond the 2020 plan is in a long section on value for money which I have quoted in full below. The … Continue reading

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An afternoon asking about “value” and “money”

Joni Mitchell’s famous line tells a truth. When it comes to pensions, most people have no idea of the value of their pension rights, which is why DB was taken away from us. DB has gone, they paved paradise and … Continue reading

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ClearGlass’ offer to small DB schemes… use it now!

I am really pleased to see Clear Glass offering help to small DB schemes at a cost any scheme can afford! For a time , I worked with small DB schemes and recognize that every penny counts in meeting their … Continue reading

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What will lifestyle buy me?

“What will Lifestyle buy me?” is a great question.  It’s one posed by a lady in a discussion group I’m a part of – looking at how we measure  and use value for money as a measure – in workplace … Continue reading

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Pension comparisons need not be invidious.

In two recent posts I took a helicopter view of the new pension legislation that received Royal Assent earlier this month. I look first at how the Pension Schemes Act 2021 will be remembered by pension historians and what it … Continue reading

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Workplace pensions – what we pay and why we pay it!

David Hutchins , who is the presiding genius at Alliance Bernstein, a firm whose investment services power many workplace pensions has written a strongly worded piece in the FT that calls on product providers to ensure savers know what they … Continue reading

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Spot on Steven Cameron – VFM needs radical innovation!

I find myself in  agreement with Aegon’s Steven Cameron in his position on the FCA’s value for money proposals as reported in Pension Age Steven Cameron, has highlighted concerns with proposed responsibilities for Independent Governance Committees (IGCs) in the Financial … Continue reading

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How “value for money” has become the UK’s key metric for DC pensions

  We have seen two regulatory publications over the pandemic one from the FCA and the other from the pension strategy team of the DWP. The FCA have produced CP20/09- “Driving value for Money in Pensions” and the DWP the … Continue reading

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