There is no fairness in reducing pension’s tax relief

April 17, 2015 Tom Murray

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We are in the midst of a general election and, naturally, there are all sorts of spending proposals flying around. Of course these proposals will need to be paid for, and it is worrying how frequently the idea of reducing pensions tax relief is being bandied around as a means of raising funds to pay for these new proposals.
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Dracula gets the bite on big data - Life & Pension

November 27, 2013 Tom Murray

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This article was originally commissioned for the Actuarial Post.
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Benefits Canada: Compulsion is the best solution for pension provision

July 30, 2013 Tom Murray

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By Tom Murray, Head of Product Strategy, Exaxe.
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Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts: Pension Reform Part 1

March 28, 2013 Tom Murray

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This article was originally commissioned and published in February 2013 for Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts publication. Tom Murray, Head of Product Strategy at Exaxe, explores the need to re-create pensions for the 21st century and argues that the Government's latest White Paper is a great start in simplifying pensions
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Good news at last on longevity

August 31, 2012 Tom Murray

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Crack open the champagne! At last we have a reason for celebration. The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) bring some good news for those growing old. Britons are living longer. And not only are they living longer, but their healthy life expectancy is increasing as well.
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The iceberg is looming; leave those deckchairs alone!

July 17, 2012 Tom Murray

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I brought the kids to the Titanic exhibition in Cobh, Co Cork, recently and found it a thoroughly moving experience. Knowing the story before you go in doesn’t ruin the event even though you have a sense of the inevitability of the tragedy all the way through the telling of the story.
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Benefits Canada: PRPPs set the course for reinventing plans

July 09, 2012 Tom Murray

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By Tom Murray, Head of Product Strategy, Exaxe.
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Are vested interests preventing true pension reform?

April 26, 2012 Tom Murray

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Report after report lands on my desk calling for major reform of the pension landscape. Great play is made of the longevity figures, which show that the current system is unsustainable and that disruptive thinking is needed to solve this crisis.
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Is the insurance industry losing faith in their actuaries?

February 21, 2012 Tom Murray

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While there has been a general decline in faith-based worship in the western world, one would have thought that life companies’ faith in the core tenets of their business remained intact.
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