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    Pensions tax relief

    Pensions tax relief

    24 April 2014 Is tax relief a good incentive for pension saving? A flat rate 30p or 50p top up is fairer but would add complexity and may not be effective Auto enrolment already offers £ for £ matching In recent days there has been significant focus on the issue of tax relief for pensions.  Tax relief is meant to provide an incentive to encourage people to lock money away into pensions for their future.  It costs huge sums – estimated…

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    Steve Webb’s idea to tell people when they will die!

    Steve Webb’s idea to tell people when they will die!

    17 April 2014 Government could set up a life expectancy calculator based on actuarial annuity models Any figure will only be an average – give people a range and regular updates as health changes And tell people how long they will live, not when they will die! Pensions Minister, Steve Webb, has proposed a novel way of helping people plan their retirement finances.  He suggests providing people approaching retirement with information about when they can ‘expect to die’.  This is supposed…

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    Government announcement on buying extra state pension – Class 3A

    Government announcement on buying extra state pension – Class 3A

    2 April 2014 Government announces its terms for buying extra state pension – Class 3A National Insurance This looks like a good deal – about half the cost of buying an equivalent annuity Designed for those who reach pension age before April 2016 Will help people who are not included in flat-rate state pension to boost their income  The Government has just announced how much it will cost people to buy extra state pension rights under the proposed new ‘Class 3A’ National…

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    What’s wrong with UK insurance industry

    What’s wrong with UK insurance industry

      28 March 2014 Insurance industry under fire – what’s gone wrong? Insurers failed to realise who their customers were – relied on inertia Flawed profit models rewarded intermediaries then recouped costs from end-customers Now is the time for change – modernised, flexible products and services UK insurers have been under fire in the past few days and many must be reeling from the shock of it all.  Suddenly the landscape seems to have changed.  As an observer who has for so…

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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 freedom starts – now people will need advice

    Pension freedom starts – now people will need advice

    26th March 2014 Pension flexibility begins – at last more freedom, but advice needed  Buying standard annuity was like only insuring your house against fire – no help if you’re flooded or burgled  Wealthiest already have the opportunities introduced by the Budget – it’s right to give same freedom to all Pensions more attractive now:  The debate around the advantages and disadvantages of the Budget pension reforms is still raging.  Make no mistake, these reforms are a game changer.   Notwithstanding…

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    Pensions and savings revolution! My wishlist comes true

    Pensions and savings revolution! My wishlist comes true

    19 March 2014 Unbelievable news – pensions and savings revolution So much of what I’ve been calling for is suddenly happening – exciting or what? Pensions and ISAs more flexible, limits more generous – a Tory votewinner After so many years of waiting for good news, suddenly so much comes at once.  Like the proverbial Number 13 buses, a whole raft of policies has all come at once – and they are good news. It’s also a brilliant Budget for Tory election prospects of…

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    Budget wishlist for pensions and savings

    Budget wishlist for pensions and savings

    17 March 2014 A Budget wishlist for pensions and savings Exempt savings interest from tax for two years Or allow full ISA allowance in cash Allow small pension funds to be taken as cash Relax restrictions in capped drawdown to allow for ill-health Introduce new incentives to save for long-term care – ISA savings set aside for care could pass on free of inheritance tax if not spent Stop meddling with pension rules What might the Chancellor do to address the…

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    Polish pension confiscation – a threat to funded private pensions or a one-off?

    Polish pension confiscation – a threat to funded private pensions or a one-off?

    Pensions pole-axed with hardly any fuss! Polish Government transfers long-term private pension assets to help short-term public finances As former Finance Minister denounces pre-funding of pensions as too ‘costly’ is this a fundamental challenge to all funded pensions and what safeguards could help? The Polish government’s confiscation of private pension assets has gone ahead almost unnoticed. Eur36 billion of Polish Treasury bonds held by Poland’s second pillar of mandatory private sector pension funds (called OFE), comprising more than half the assets…

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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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