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    My farewell blog…

    My farewell blog…

      As most readers of this blog will know by now, I have been appointed Minister for Pensions in David Cameron’s new government. Having spent so many years studying pensions, savings and retirement policy as an independent expert, I have the chance of working inside government to drive things forward.  It will certainly keep me busy and be a great new challenge. Recent years have seen sweeping changes to our pensions system, changes which have started to move pensions in…

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    Auto-enrolment increases pension coverage but private sector, especially women, and self-employed lagging behind

    Auto-enrolment increases pension coverage but private sector, especially women, and self-employed lagging behind

    30 October 2014 Pension scheme membership increases as auto-enrolment starts to have an impact First increase in pension scheme membership in private sector this century – but public sector workers remain the pensions aristocracy 2013 saw 200,000 extra public sector workers saving in pension compared with 100,000 more in private sector Still need to address low pension coverage for private sector women (only 30% contribute) and the self-employed (only 22%) New pension freedoms may start to increase self-employed interest in…

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    The pensions revolution – what does it mean?

    The pensions revolution – what does it mean?

    30 September 2014 So many people have been asking me about the new pension changes and what they might mean, I have put together a quick Q&A to address some of these with my comments.  Hope you find it of interest.  There are profound implications for pension products and pension savers – as well as for regulators of course, to make sure people understand what this all means for them. If in good health, perhaps you shouldn’t buy an annuity…

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    Why are so many older workers rejecting free money?

    Why are so many older workers rejecting free money?

    28th September 2014 Huge numbers of over 60s are opting out of pensions auto-enrolment, losing their employer contribution Budget pension reforms make pensions a no-brainer for most older workers as they can simply take the cash if they want to Need for financial education and advice greater than ever   Figures just released show that nearly all younger workers are remaining in their employer pension scheme‎ after being auto-enrolled, but many older people are opting to leave.   According to…

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    Do we need a Lifetime ISA now that pensions coverage is set to rise?

    Do we need a Lifetime ISA now that pensions coverage is set to rise?

    Lifetime ISA might have been useful in the past but is not necessary now Pensions auto-enrolment and flexibility will increase pension coverage New ‘Lifetime ISA’ product proposed, to replace pensions and ISAs:  The Centre for Policy Studies is calling for a new savings approach – the Lifetime ISA – to be introduced in the UK.  This would replace the separate ISA and pension systems we currently have.  The idea is unveiled in this paper http://www.cps.org.uk/publications/reports/introducing-the-lifetime-isa/?utm_source=Michael+Johnson+contacts&utm_campaign=1f6f756838-FTT_chown_lawson&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d781b4fd08-1f6f756838-303592833 by Michael Johnson, whose ideas…

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    Auto-enrolment is now a no-brainer

    Auto-enrolment is now a no-brainer

    20 May 2014 New Budget flexibilities dramatically increase appeal of pensions auto-enrolment Opt out rates should fall significantly ‘Buy-one-get-one-free’ deal too good to miss for most The Pensions Policy Institute has today published new research highlighting that auto-enrolment is now far more attractive than previously expected. Opting out of auto-enrolment is turning down free money:  Even for older workers, who were the group least likely to benefit from staying in their employer’s scheme, the flexibilities introduced to pension savings in…

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    Pension charge cap – another piece of the jigsaw

    Pension charge cap – another piece of the jigsaw

    27 March 2014 Charges cap is important to protect smaller firms’ workers Will eventually need to control all charges, not just AMC Disappointing that NEST two-tier structure will continue to prevent easy comparison 0.75%pa charge cap on auto-enrolment default funds from April 2015 Banning penalty fees on leavers from April 2016 Banning commission payments from April 2016 As auto-enrolment spreads to smaller firms, their workers need protecting from high fees Pot follows member can’t work without a control on fees…

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    Pension charges – don’t be lulled into a false sense of security

    Pension charges – don’t be lulled into a false sense of security

    18 February 2014 DWP report on pension charges shows importance of introducing a cap Workers in small firms need protecting from rising charges as small funds pay higher fees Labour TER cap for new schemes makes sense but don’t set too low initially NEST reforms needed – and AMDs should be banned Summary DWP report on pension charges shows large schemes have lowest charges As auto-enrolment spreads to smaller firms, their workers need protecting from high fees Labour is right that…

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    Auto-enrolment focus on pension fund charges misses the bigger picture

    Auto-enrolment focus on pension fund charges misses the bigger picture

    11 November 2013 There are no controls on charges people forced to pay when buying their actual pension Far more money can be lost on annuitisation than saving 0.25% in fees 0.25% charge on £30,000 fund is £75pa but customers lose £600-£1000 when buying their annuity at retirement with no advice Auto-enrolment needs to ensure pensions are good value:  There has been significant debate about capping fees and charges on auto-enrolment pension funds and estimates that people are losing chunks…

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    Comment on pension charges cap of 0.75%

    Comment on pension charges cap of 0.75%

    29 October 2013 In today’s Pensions Bill debate, Steve Webb anounced his ‘full frontal assault’ on pension charges. Here are my thoughts: It is of course right that people need good value pension schemes to save into with auto enrolment, but it is also important that we consider the losses they can sustain when buying an annuity. Buying the wrong annuity can be even more damaging to people’s pension funds than being in a higher charging scheme. There are no…

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