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Whose department is workplace pensions?


At 11am on Tuesday 18th April I shook hands with Richard Harrington, our Pensions Minister and began a meeting that discussed how small businesses could in future measure how effectively their workplace pensions were working. The meeting was interrupted by … Continue reading

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Radical thoughts about “value for money” – from Julius Pursaill (aka mystery blogger)


  Establishing a consensus on what “value for money” is, is proving too hard for the IGCs and Trustees, we need intervention from a “deus ex machina” (aka the FCA). Once we know the means to measure, I believe the … Continue reading

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Meeting the Pensions Minister


Tomorrow (18th April) I get to meet the Pensions Minister, which I’m excited about. I’d written to Richard Harrington a few weeks ago, after an amendment to the Pension Schemes Bill had been thrown out. I’d helped the Labour Party … Continue reading

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Full of sound and fury…Aegon’s 2017 IGC


  I hadn’t been aware that IGCs had been submitting their statements to win awards. But the first think I am taught about Aegon’s activities last year is that in 2016 the Aegon UK IGC was awarded the “Best Independent … Continue reading

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NEST – membership has its privileges.


  American Express coined the phrase and it’s unlikely that PADA  (the fore-runner) to NEST could ever have anticipated running a premium product. But that is what NEST is about to become. The launch of a free transfer service which … Continue reading

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Nudge nudge , think think!


I went to an excellent panel debate last night which was asking whether behavioural finance could improve pension outcomes – well DC outcomes – which as one panellist pointed out hadn’t got much to do with pensions! A lot of … Continue reading

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Choosing a workplace pension


    Last week, Parliament debated an amendment to the Pension Schemes Bill, suggested by the Shadow Pension Minister and quoting this blog. I am happy to have put words in Alex Cunningham’s mouth, the Government have been cavalier in … Continue reading

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Trouble at till …Tesco’s pricing problems are a lesson to us all!


Something’s wrong at Tesco when the offers you see on the shelves don’t show up on your bill. The BBC went shopping and  in 33 of 50 stores visited, multi-buy promotions were marked on the shelf, but the time-limited discounts were not … Continue reading

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Customer care, how pensions can learn from payroll (and Newcastle!)


Steve Cram – what a guy @Cintrapayroll thx for a great day! pic.twitter.com/MPi7BmmD0x — Pension Plowman (@henryhtapper) February 9, 2017  Cue Cintra Steve Cram, closing the Cintra user event on Thursday, remarked that it was unusual to find every table … Continue reading

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2017 – a year when workplace pensions will grow up!


Restoring confidence in pensions 2017 has dawned on a different pension landscape . There are more than twice as many employers participating in workplace pensions as at any time in British history, the stock market is at an all-time high … Continue reading

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