Shelley Ismail

28
Sep

Pension Freedoms

Written by Stephen Fallowell, Committee member, for Pensions Age (September edition) The idea of ‘Personal Freedom’ has a long history and continues to engage Philosophers, Politicians and me and you. The present imposition by Government of social distancing and wearing face masks can be considered an attack on our ‘Personal Freedom’ though I, like the majority of people, accept this

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30
Jun

Language

Written by Stephen Fallowell, Committee member – written for Pensions Age June Edition English is a living language adapting to changing times. Monitoring this change is the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) which makes additions and omissions of words and phrases from its Lexicon each year. During the Coronavirus pandemic a number of new phrases and words have emerged; Lockdown, Social

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26
Feb

Customers, Clients or Members

Written by Stephen Fallowell – Committee member, published in PensionAge In our inter reaction with organisations we give and are given various titles; members, customers and clients. We do not normally pay attention to what we are called providing the service provided meets our need. But definitions are important as they often determine the way we are envisaged by the

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10
Feb

New plans to protect pension savers

TPR publishes response to Future of Trusteeship and Governance consultation Date: Monday 10 February 2020 NEW measures have been announced by The Pensions Regulator to protect savers and improve member outcomes by ensuring they are in well run schemes able to deliver good value.  The action comes as TPR publishes its response (click here) to its consultation on the future

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29
Jan

Cost transparency: We need to help trustees in spite of themselves!

David Weeks, Co-Chair AMNT – Written for Mallowstreet One of mallowstreet’s key findings in its recent Trustee Report was on costs and charges for pension scheme trustees. Not to put too fine a point on it, we need to help trustees in spite of themselves. The survey is a wake-up call. Respondents recognise that cost transparency is an issue of significance. They

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28
Jan

The right Person

Written by Stephen Fallowell – Recently published in PensionsAge We have just undergone a General Election in which the electorate voted for their chosen candidate. The person elected, irrespective of their political persuasion, then represents all people in their constituency. Politicians come from wide range of backgrounds: educational, professional and social. We welcome this diversity as the best way of providing

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17
Jan

mallowstreet Trustee Report shows why we need to focus on governance

Written by – Juluan Mund, Client Relations PLSA Published on14 January 2020 at 12:14. Reading time 5 min Pension schemes are currently dealing with a significant amount of regulatory and industry change, from the impact of the pension freedoms, DB and DC consolidation and new disclosure requirements, to greater regulatory focus on value for money. On top of managing all this

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8
Jan

New report offers unparalleled insight into state of trustee community

The mallowstreet Trustee Report is out now! mallowstreet, in partnership with the Association of Member Nominated Trustees (AMNT), Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) and the Pensions Management Institute (PMI), surveyed the trustee community in August and September 2019 to highlight the challenges the sector faces. The report is broken down into three sections covering; Diversity, Governance and Outcomes drawn

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10
Dec

More questions than answers

Written by Stephen Fallowell – Committee Member, AMNT – Written for PensionAge In the Science Fantasy satirical novel ‘The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy’ by Douglas Adams a race of super intelligent beings build a super computer called ‘Deep Thought’ to answer the ultimate question of ‘Life, The Universe and Everything’. They are shocked when the computer comes up

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26
Nov

MALLOWSTREET: 2019 general election manifestos and pensions

Written by David Weeks: Co-Chair, Association of Member Nominated Trustees: 25 November 2019 Mrs May’s snap general election campaign in 2017 unravelled rapidly after a gaffe in her manifesto over care costs for the elderly. An unwise new policy appearance derailed a broader agenda. The debacle also showed how it can become difficult to promote sensible policies in an area

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