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What would BREXIT mean to workplace pensions?

  Europe has a great deal of influence on UK pensions; the influence includes fund reporting, funding requirements, reserving against risk and even competition between service providers. This can have very strange results. The reason that NEST has such a … Continue reading

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“In an advised world – do workplace pensions need trustees”.

The quote is taken from a recent interview of Steve Webb of Royal London. It is a critical question which deserves an answer. The Workplace Pension Governance landscape (is changing) Something very odd is happening in DC Governance, something that … Continue reading

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Auto-enrolment; a national exercise in trust.

I like to tease Jo Cumbo that she can trust no-one because of her heritage! This blatantly xenophobic comment is based on a British prejudice that Australians find compulsion acceptable as compliance is in the blood. A second prejudice, that … Continue reading

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A brief history of pension dashboards! Thx. to Richard Smith

Thanks to Richard Smith for this! Richard’s views are not quite mine (I’m not a compulsionista or a single dashboard man!). Nevertheless  this info graphic is really helpful as it reminds us of the difficulty the Government has in keeping … Continue reading

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Self-sufficiency for pensions.

  Whether you are in charge of the PPF , one of the 13 Carillion defined benefit schemes, or any one of the thousand or so “distressed” pension schemes that might no have a sponsor able to bale it out;-the term … Continue reading

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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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DB pension heading for the PPF? – Read this!

  Here are some things you didn’t know about the Pension Protection Fund (PPF). If you are in a pension scheme heading in that direction you should read this! While most people think it would be an unmitigated disaster to see … Continue reading

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Financial advice, master or menace?

Which came first, the need or the greed? Old Mutual Wealth (a company that owns one of Britain’s largest financial advice networks and is build a tied network) has commissioned a survey that tells us 90% of those between 30 … Continue reading

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Measure 4 Measure (why we rate things)

A very curious article appeared on the NOW blog yesterday, I took exception to it and wrote to NOW to tell them. You can read the article here. It’s author, the excellent Martin Olive had clearly become frustrated with “rating … Continue reading

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How safe is your workplace pension?

The opportunity to improve pension fund charging. Let us pause for a moment and consider what we are buying into when we set up a workplace pension for our staff. On the face of it, nobody enrolled into a workplace … Continue reading

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