Here we are at session number 35 , and we’re going to be talking about Auto-enrolment. What’s that? Well, it is the biggest change to pensions in the workplace for quite some time. If you’re an employee in the private sector this affects you. As ever I’ll be giving you everything you need to know and everything you need to do when it comes to this important subject.
Regular listeners will know that, like most advisers, I think pensions are a good idea. Remember a pension is just a wrapper, a box with certain tax rules attached to it. The secret to success with pensions is more about how much you put in to the box and how you invest that money.
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Workplace pensions come with two key benefits: Firstly, your boss might be paying into it for you. Pretty soon he or she is going to have to, and that’s the subject of today’s show. Also, you get tax relief on the payment you put into your pension.
Let’s not mince words here. This is free money from your boss and free money from the government. It’s hard to see a downside.
And workplace pensions are about to change in some very important ways.
Today’s show is another interview. It’s important that you’re not just listening to me all the time! This time it’s with Chris Daems, director at Principal Financial Solutions in the City of London. Chris and I have a unique connection which I’ll explain at the head of the interview.
Let’s crack on…
As you know by now, I tend not to transcribe the interviews. I must get a VA to do that for me 😉 But here are the questions I put to Chris; for hte answers, you'll have to listen!
What people need to know:
What are the current requirements for employers regarding pensions for their employees?
What is happening now? A summary of the main points of auto-enrolment
Is this happening to all employers all at once?
As an employer, what are the main things I need to be aware of?
As an employee, what do I need to know?
What people need to do
As an employer, what are the steps I should be taking right now to prepare?
As an employee, what do I need to do to prepare for when the new arrangements kick in?
Can you convince me that pensions are a good way of saving for my future?
Where can I find out more if I am
- An employer?
- An employee?
- An adviser?
Links mentioned in this session:
OK folks, I hope you found the interview with Chris helpful. For the first time ever, employers will be forced to pay in to pensions for their employees, and employees will be automatically joined and have to opt out. I’m encouraged by the results of similar schemes in other parts of the world where opt-out rates are very low and people, particularly young people are more engaged with their financial future.
As ever, if you have comments about this topic or any questions, leave them in the comments section of the shownotes at meaningfulmoney.tv/session35
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