Steve Bee: The elephant in the room on workplace pensions

Employers providing DC pensions pay far less into them than those providing DB schemes Sooner or later, we will have to accept the fact the golden age of company pension provision in the UK is over. It has been for some time now, yet the pensions industry and the government are still in denial. The […]


John Lawson: Govt cannot wash its hands of pensions dashboard

Another pensions dashboard deadline has come and gone, despite the original intention to launch in 2019. The feasibility study, first expected in spring and then delayed until summer recess, has still not been published. This begs the question: will the dashboard ever become reality? Rumour abounds that secretary of state for work and pensions Esther […]

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Advice firm looks to national expansion after AR acquisition

Financial planning and discretionary fund management firm Gale and Phillipson has recruited London-based Gyr Financial Consulting as an appointed representative as it looks to bolster its presence around the country. Gale and Phillipson chief executive David Carr says Gyr will be allowed to remain fully independent in its investment decisions. The firm is looking to […]

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Pensions watchdog closely monitoring House of Fraser deal

The Pensions Regulator is following Mike Ashley’s acquisition of House of Fraser closely after the sale left thousands of staff facing possible cuts to their pensions. On Friday the retail tycoon’s Sports Direct business agreed to purchase the struggling chain for £90m through a pre-pack administration arrangement. This is an insolvency mechanism where a company […]

Graphic Content – August

Given the release of employment data from the US on 5 August, we wanted to focus on employment data in this month’s Graphic Content. The Graphic Content below shows us that young and middle-aged workers were hit the hardest by the Great Recession and have never caught up. Since the job market started to recover […]


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