Running a financial services firm is a bit like engineering, according to engineer turned Attivo Group chief executive Stephen Harper. It is all about systems that can break down completely if they have not been properly maintained, or if the smallest component stops working. “The reason why the system on an engine breaks is usually […]
When Openwork chief executive Mark Duckworth speaks about the drop in adviser numbers since the late 1980s the figures sound astonishing: 285,000 advisers serving a UK population of 50 million in 1989, compared with 23,000 advisers available for 64 million people today. Put another way, there are currently around 200,000 consumers for every adviser when, […]
An investigation into expanding the remit of Government-backed guidance service Pension Wise to all working people has cast further doubt over the future of the Money Advice Service. Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed this week that Ros Altmann, the Government’s older workers’ tsar, would be made a peer and handed the role of minister responsible […]
PI insurers are considering exclusions for insistent DB to DC transfers, Money Marketing understands.
Well, the cricket season is here, and England and Australia are stepping up to the wicket. Although we compete with each other in the sporting world, when it comes to pensions, Australia’s pension programme is held up as a model for our auto-enrolment initiative. Auto-enrolment was introduced because people weren’t saving enough into their pensions, and it is still early days but signs are positive. However, in Australia, saving into a pension is compulsory, and in fact employers are the ones who have to pay in. Employees in Australia can make additional contributions into their pensions, but they don’t have to. Should the onus be on the employer or employee to save? Well in the UK we think it’s both, but to get ‘adequate’ savings for retirement it’s the employee who has to pay more in.
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