Category Archives: actuaries

How to have fun without breaking the bank


Well you wouldn’t have thought that the newly opened Center Parcs near Woburn would afford 200 actuaries and pension geeks a good time. But you’d be reckoning without the child within that drives First Actuarial at work and play. The … Continue reading

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“To meet the needs of those in the middle” – what pension consultancy should be about!


The Advert On Tuesday I am sitting on a panel with good friends; Otto Thoresen, author of the Thoresen report; Mathew Arends, Partner at Aon Hewitt, Duncan Buchanan president of the Society of Pension Consultants. The session will be chaired … Continue reading

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“Hope I die before I get old..?”


  The quote’s from Pete Townsend and the Who’s “my generation”. It’s a brutal version of the Beatles’ “when I’m 64” but both songs are driven by the fear of getting old “will you still need, me, will you still … Continue reading

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In defence of genius.


Genius is not just misunderstood – it is persecuted. Those who didn’t get Copernicus, Galileo, Wordsworth or Darwin did not ignore these genius’, they set out to do them in. Bob Dylan when he laid out his Highway 61 album … Continue reading

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CDC designed by an enlightened actuary -Derek Benstead!


  When I started out in insurance my sales manager told me: “Don’t sell a solution until you’ve understood the problem.” So far, collective defined contribution is a solution that is so short on detail we can only suppose what … Continue reading

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What’s that coming over the hill…? NAPF CDC DEBATE #Fail


  The NAPF CDC Debate The debate on how we organise our retirement incomes from our pension savings was not progressed at the NAPF’s CDC focussed pension connections meeting last night. A half filled room witnessing a debate between two “Pale … Continue reading

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Why I work for First Actuarial


  First Actuarial celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and it has a lot to celebrate Record profits with turnover up from £12.5m to £14m All nine of the original Founders in place – now joined by a further 8 … Continue reading

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Does anybody care what you think?


  I bet you’ve sat in an exam hall , or been asked to complete a questionnaire or stared at the comments box below an article you’ve read and gone “nah-better not”. The rubric is that “your views matter”, but … Continue reading

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Freddy Flumper gets savvy!


  It’s been some days since I’ve reported on the fabulous Freddy Flumper -”fabulous” in the sense that he lives only in the fable on this blog. For anyone who missed the instructive fable of Freddy and Tony Lamborghini , we … Continue reading

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