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I spent several hours this morning poring over my old G60 manual to help work out some ‘scheme specific protected tax-free cash’ calculations in respect of some pre-2006 occupational pension scheme benefits for an adviser.

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In 1981 two bored but ambitious accountants started a British investment business from a spare room. Today they are billionaires.

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It is astonishing to think that investors who have been compensated by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme go on to lose some, or perhaps all, of their compensation money all over again with another dodgy firm.

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The news this week that platform engine provider FNZ has been ordered by the competition watchdog to sell GBST was a bit of a shock. 

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I’m a big fan of Monty Python and the famous ‘nudge, nudge’ sketch came to mind this week as the DWP announced plans to give a ‘stronger nudge’ to pension savers to seek guidance from Pension Wise before taking benefits.

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I think we can all agree that any suggestion that in-specie pension contributions were a viable option for those who were asset rich but cash poor has now been revoked, even if the pensions tax manual (PTM) still implies that it could be possible.

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It’s hard to find a silver lining in current Covid cloud but one of them may be a boost to recruiting the next generation of Financial Planners.

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It's true that not all Financial Planners are keen on the free, impartial and independent guidance service, Pension Wise. 

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A couple of surveys we reported on this week reminded me about the epic scale of pension ignorance among the great British public.

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