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My passion is pensions … but my heart, mind and soul belong to the NHS

August is a funny month in UK universities.  I wandered into the corridor yesterday to find two young South Korean students waiting patiently in our waiting area, despite being surrounded by closed doors.  When I asked whether I could help them, they explained in faltering but perfectly intelligible English that they were undergraduate students from … Continue reading

Long term financial consequences of divorce – an issue that is not going away

I presented a paper last week at the Child and Family Law Quarterly Seminar, entitled ‘UK Pension Reform: Implications for Family Law’.  It meant looking up the latest stats, as well as collating some of our research on poverty in later life, and thinking about where we have got to on this issue, which affects … Continue reading

Pension Saving: What’s the Message?

Henry Tapper, in his recent blog post: ‘If you write as good as you talk – no one reads you’ suggests that there’s no use in any pensions/expert/guru/bore banging on whether in magazines or on blogs or conferences if nobody’s reading/listening.  He’s set himself a challenge to produce material that is ‘relevant, stimulating and fun and … Continue reading

A new single tier state pension above the poverty line – is it fair?

Attending the HC Work and Pensions Committee yesterday to discuss the new proposed single tier pension as suggested in the Green Paper, “A State Pension for the 21st Century”, one idea was repeatedly raised by the MPs –  what to say to constituents who say that they contributed all their lives to National Insurance, only … Continue reading

Teach kids about pensions?

As pension schemes are being redesigned, and Defined Contribution schemes become the norm, experts are increasingly calling on government to improve pension/retirement education for school leavers. But is there any evidence, anywhere in the world, that “educating” school children makes any difference at all to retirement planning at any point in the lifecourse? I know … Continue reading

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