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Why our pensions need a benchmark of everyone!

This post’s about getting people engaged with their pensions. It is quite technical but I’ve tried to keep it in a language that keeps you interested. I am a firm believer that people will be interested in pensions if you … Continue reading

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Will our pensions reform private equity or become its victim?

Peter Harrison, Schroder’s CEO is making some important comments about investing in the stock market.  “Ultimately, we’ve got to grow the wealth of our customers. The move towards private assets is a reflection of the fact that that’s where the … Continue reading

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All to play for as pensions compete for our custom.

  We have known for two decades that most employers no longer want to support defined benefit schemes. They see such support as a blank cheque book for the Pensions Regulator who extracts ever higher deficit contributions to meet ever … Continue reading

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How can employers choose workplace pensions and promote Money Helper?

TPR and FCA’s call for input on  the pensions consumer journey goes a little off road in it’s eighth  section when it moves on to product decision making and specifically the choices employers make about the workplace pensions for their … Continue reading

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Govt. data shows the dynamism of Defined Contribution workplace pensions

In the past two weeks, we have had two government reports on the shape of the UK funded pension market. The first – the Office of National Statistics report presents a snapshot of the entire DB/DC market last summer. It … Continue reading

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Why should we want to incur high fees on our pension pots?

“Incurrence” is a bizarre word. It is mostly used in the investment markets and typically in relation to debt. It is used by the Pensions Minister in announcing the draft regulations that will enable DC schemes to voluntarily incur fees … Continue reading

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Choosing strong pensions for your workforce.

  In an earlier blog I explained  by means of a metaphor about letting big trees grow by removing the deadwood from the forest, how Government is expecting to get people out of the grey box and into the yellow … Continue reading

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Could #Budget21 be a game-changer for our pensions?

Sunak’s 2021 budget amounts to a kick in the backside to workplace pensions that could do for workplace pensions what the pension freedoms did to annuities.  By workplace pensions, I mean the savings schemes funded through payroll and joined by … Continue reading

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Whatever happened to the Standard Life?

Life insurance companies are not in favour and haven’t been for some time. The consolidation of the sector around a few financial behemoths L&G, Aviva,  Royal London , Prudential , Quilter , Aegon , Just and LV= leaves no trace … Continue reading

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TPR busts Audax and its trustee – slow but sure turn the wheels of justice!

Over four and a half years after I smelled a pension rat, I am pleased to see that the Pensions Regulator has issued a determination that puts an end to the dodgy practices surrounding the Audax Pension Scheme.  I blew … Continue reading

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