Monthly Archives: February 2014

Why clever people don’t do jargon


  I think the best actuaries are hard to spot, you wouldn’t know they were actuaries. The same goes for the best investment managers. Last night I had dinner with Eve Finn and a table full of Legal & General … Continue reading

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Fire extinguishers and auto-enrolment


A report of a rejuvenated Pensions Minister’s top performance at the Ceridian Client Conference Continue reading

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2013 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 60,000 times in 2013. If it were a … Continue reading

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The realpolitick of pension charges


Let’s hope that wherever this goes next, the DWP can win through and that we get protection in this important and misunderstood area of pensions finance Continue reading

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The best moment of the season (so far) #YTFC 1 #DRFC 0


Yeovil Town FC – we’re the Green Army Continue reading

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Why the Government is so worked up about DC pension charges.


The DWP are expected to announce today how they intend to out the hidden costs in personal pensions that can reduce personal pension income by up to 30% The table below shows how we get income in retirement. There are … Continue reading

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Competition’s good but collaboration can be better


The idea that pensions are complicated is odd. There is nothing complicated about a series of payments made to someone from a determined date to the date they die. It is a simple insurance against penury in old age- a … Continue reading

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A capacity crunch?


The prospect of debating whether we get a capacity crunch in Auto-enrolment drew a capacity-crunching crowd to Wragge & Co.’s offices yesterday afternoon. Under the convenance of heroically quiffed Andy Agethangelou, some 50 of us attended a symposium on the current state … Continue reading

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Time is the new currency of information


Sometime this week, Paul Lewis announced he had more “followers” than the Independent newspaper had “readers”. I thought that telling. I read the Indy, but mainly from @simonread ‘s tweets and I probably read more BBC stuff through @paulewismoney than … Continue reading

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There’s nothing stopping SMEs purchasing good pensions


This article plugs the needs for good pension purchasing and argues that both in terms of quality (governance) and quantity (supply) , employers have never had it so good. There is a lot of talk at the moment about DC … Continue reading

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