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Odd Pension Values

Jul 12, 2017
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Category: pension sharing

I spotted an interesting pension ombudsman case last week which is worthy of note. If you are interested you can read the full article here The numbers here are quite small but the lesson here is that with a SIPP/SSAS other stuff can be going on that serves to misrepresent the true asset value of … Continue Reading

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Category: Cash Equivalents

If you have got this far - thank you. I think this may well be the most underwhelming subject line I have ever written, but hopefully the content will be of use to you. Many defined benefit schemes are underfunded. The total deficit value of all final salary schemes is difficult to agree but m… Continue Reading

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How can anyone consider pension sharing a defined benefit/salary related pension without knowing something about capital values? In this context I mean independent capital values or fair values calculated by an actuary. Cash Equivalent Transfer Values are NOT intended to be fair values and are often… Continue Reading

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I’ve been an IFA for twelve years and for the last ten I have been implementing pension sharing orders.It hasn’t been dull. From the lady in 2012 who reached down into the bottom drawer of her bureau to pass me a “ready to go” but unimplemented annex dated from 2004, questioning whether it was an im… Continue Reading

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You may not be familiar with the Martin-Dye v Martin-Dye case but it has been a very important one in relation to pensions on divorce.In the closing statement of that case Lord Justice Thorp said, “Pensions in payment, being different in kind to other available assets, should have been apportioned b… Continue Reading

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This is the basic process I use when looking at pensions in divorce cases and I thought I would share it with you. It breaks down as follows:Context – What is the bigger picture?Assess – How is the pension being valued?Purpose – What are we doing with the value?Identify – What types of pension are … Continue Reading
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Getting a divorce is no picnic, but having to separate all of the devices, furniture and vehicles you and your spouse shared can add a dimension of stress to the ordeal. Well, the good news is, if you’ve got a dark sense of humor and a saw; you can just cut it all in half…that, at least, is what Ger… Continue Reading

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Category: Offsetting

A glass shoe?There was a paper that was presented at the FLBA (Family Law Bar Association) Conference in Cardiff on October 21st 2015 which addressed the ‘Cinderella’ of financial remedies on divorce. This is the offsetting of pensions against non-pension assets. Now you understand why I used ‘a gla… Continue Reading
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Category: In The News

Simply put, legislation has been published to close a loophole which enabled public sector workers transferring their pensions overseas.The Unfunded Public Service Defined Benefits Schemes (Transfers) Regulations 2015 have now been published.A loophole had been discovered which allowed unfunded publ… Continue Reading
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Be sure to keep that wooden spoon in the cupboard! It all started off when a 41 year old mother, who cannot be named (I wonder why), was going through a divorce. In the settlement, the matrimonial home was to be sold and the wife was suppose to receive a lot more than the husband from the sale. But… Continue Reading
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Imagine if you were going through a divorce and the court asked you to give all your assets to your ex-spouse. Well that’s what pretty much happened to Essam Aly. You might be asking yourself how could something like this happen?Well let’s first establish who Mr. Aly is. Essam Aly is an anesthetist … Continue Reading
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From time to time, we have been involved with pension sharing orders that go into the millions of pounds and often get involved in multi-million pound settlements. But what about £5,000,000,000?Yes you read that correctly. A Russian business magnate named Vladimir Potanin, 54, built a business empir… Continue Reading
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Or let them begin in a few months.The April reforms have put a lot of pressure on pension companies to deal with clients who want to cash in their pensions. But unfortunately some companies have been given bad exposure in the news, in this case, Prudential.They have been criticised for causing a del… Continue Reading

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I am often asked which pensions are potentially the most risky when it comes to pensions on divorce and particularly, pension sharing. Another common question is at what value can all pensions be ignored?I always think this is a very subjective thing and very difficult to give a standard answer. I… Continue Reading

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I’m sure you must have heard by now about the Dale Vine and Kathleen Wyatt divorce case. Dale Vince, a multi-millionaire, had stated that when his wife had asked for a financial settlement of £1.9 million, it was like “cashing in a very old lottery ticket”.The couple had seperated 32 years ago and h… Continue Reading

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