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A beginner’s guide to pensions

As the government launches its new workplace pension, Tim Bennett explains the basics of pensions in jargon-free language, and why the new scheme is being rolled out.

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2 Responses

  1. 01/09/2014, RTag wrote

    Government fudging figures to help make things look better than they are?? Gosh, that’s a new development!! ;)
    Interesting video; I have two comments on it:
    1) One way of looking at this is that the Treasury is effectively reneging on its promise to pay the interest on the Gilts that APF is purchasing – albeit via some other back door mechanism – but doesn’t this ultimately carry some risk of devaluing (confidence in) the value of UK paper beyond what was intentioned by the original purchasing mechanism?
    2) I see where you’re coming from regarding keeping the £35bn profit within the APF as a hedge against future price fluctuations, but as the Bank of England is simply willing the money into existence in the first place, surely it’s a bit of a moot point (on the basis that, should the APF ultimately start getting into the red, BoE can simply print some more money to prop them up??)
    At some stage, it’s all going to end in tears…

  2. 01/09/2014, RTag wrote

    Apologies – the above comments were meant for Tim’s video on the Chancellor nicking £35bn from the Bank of England; don’t know how I ended up here!!

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