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Pouring advice into a bottomless pot – lessons from Westiminster

The capacity of the pension industry to pour advice, guidance and financial education into the bottomless pot seems limitless. I define the “bottomless pot” as the perceived resource needed to make informed choices on retirement finances, a pot that never … Continue reading

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Been on the edge all week!

What don’t I think (about Brexit)? It’s been a strange week or two; for some reason I’ve found myself in Westminster a lot, lobbying on behalf of scam victims, discussing the “net-pay anomaly”, listening to the Pensions Minister on open … Continue reading

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Westminster rocks as Minister pledges support for CDC.

            There was a good news story playing out in Committee Room 6 of  the Westminster Palace yesterday morning. A good news story, that is, if you fancy a pension from your workplace pension scheme. … Continue reading

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Get thee to Yate!

  1.1 And there dwelt in South Gloucestershire, near the towns of Thornbury and Yate a man named Steve; 1.2 and Steve was godly and loved of all who knew him for he had done great deeds in Westminster – … Continue reading

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Get a grip and a sense of humour

The sky is full of helicopters and the streets wail with sirens. It is 9 am on the morning after the latest “terrorist” attack and Westminster and the City are on red alert. One nutter decided to go on the … Continue reading

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Pensions Minister in the house – shout out for Richard Harrington!

A new man In one of the lowest keys of appointments, Richard Harrington crept into the DWP as an under-secretary and inherited all the issues for rather less pay than he’d have got if he’d got the usual ministerial salary. … Continue reading

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The politics of pensions – how the landscape has changed since 2010.

Let us hope that the head of steam that has been built up since 2010 can be maintained.
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People with long eyes

“People with long eyes” This is what some native Americans called the scientists setting up a telescope in the mid-west desert; the phrase gave Lucy Winkett’s sermon at the St Paul’s Schools John Colet Day its theme. I sat and listened with long ears … Continue reading

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Born to overrun – Springsteen dancing in the park

Last night Hyde Park hosted  80,000 mesmerised spectators who stood in the rain and listened to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band ,  joined by Sir Paul McCartney – the legend. Here’s the video footage of the two singing “I saw her standing … Continue reading

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What chance have you got against a tie and a crest?

It’s one thing to see off Brown and co, holed up in the Downing Street bunker, another to beat the beastly bosh lined up in the public sector trenches. Continue reading

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