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Pensions – Getting the message across

Actuarial Post Editor Ellie Burns sat down with JLT Employee Benefits’ newly appointed Chief Actuary, Hugh Nolan, to discuss his role at JLT EB, current pension provision, Defined Ambition and what 2014 has in store for the pensions industry.

EB: What will your main focus be as JLT EB’s Chief Actuary? What are you going to do differently?

HN: I think it’s a case of evolution rather than revolution. I worked closely with Phil Wadsworth, my predecessor, and we had the same kind of thoughts and approach but with a different nuance. I think where there is going to be change is how we put the pensions message across, and how to put that message across constructively. I want JLT EB to not only look at our own concerns, but what is good for the wider society we live in. For example, pension liberation is an area JLT EB is interested in, but it’s a problem the whole industry faces. We want to think about and develop solutions for the industry as a whole, rather than selfishly looking at what is best for our clients. That’s how I want JLT EB to position ourselves in the market, and I think that advocacy stance is something which will drive the industry onwards and upwards.

EB: How do you plan to get that message across?

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Annuity Switching – Does Steve Webb’s idea have legs?

By Tim Gosden, Head of Annuities at Legal & General

In a recent interview for the Daily Telegraph, Pensions Minister Steve Webb said that buying an annuity was a "lottery" that could affect pensioners' retirement income by 15% or 20%, in some cases. Drawing comparisons with mortgages where consumers can switch products and providers, the Minister went on to challenge why consumers shouldn’t also be able to change annuity providers and products a few years later if they could receive a bigger pension. In this month’s article I take a closer look at this challenge by Steve Webb and highlight some of t...Read More

The benefits of good governance

By Martin Palmer, Head of Proposition, Corporate Benefits - Friends Life

New Year resolutions have come and gone, and all the best made plans to sort out our personal finances are by now a distant memory. But research we conducted over the New Year period found that three quarters of people (75%) believe that financial planning will be important to them in 2014. Retirement income (32%) and pension savings (29%) are seen as the top financial planning concerns, ahead of other financial planning concerns such as credit card bills (23%).

We also found that the gulf between what men and women are saving and what they would need to sav...Read More

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Lifestyle Actuary

The trappings of fast paced city lifestyles rarely take into account the charm and elegance that a room, a dinner or a cup of tea can afford; characteristics lost to a by-gone era of debutante balls and black tie for dinner.

The Luddite

Sam Richardson looks into the up and coming and the outgoing of the technology and gadgetry world in 2014.

Travelling Actuary

This month Travelling Actuary Eve Hartridge takes us to Greece's very own Emerald Isle located in the heart of the Ionian Sea, Corfu.

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