Category Archives: actuaries

Knowing the “money” in “value for money”.


At last we may get to know what we really pay for the management of our funds so we can work out it it’s worth it. Continue reading

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Crushed by falling bond yields – great guest blog by Ralph Frank


Mainstream assessments of the state of investment markets tend to focus on the equity market.  The level of the FTSE 100, S&P 500, Dow and/or Nikkei is deemed to be an indicator of the health of savers’ investment portfolios and/or … Continue reading

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What’s this about selling your annuity?


Steve Webb’s latest idea that the Government will encourage the sale and purchase of life annuities is not as crazy as it sounds. Indeed the practice is commonplace in the USA where many court awards are granted as an income … Continue reading

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So much for the “haves”, what of the “have nots”?


It has now been well over a year since the OFT published this comment   Since this warning, not a lot has been done to improve the quality of purchasing by employers. The DWP is introducing legislation in April which will … Continue reading

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“Collaboration” is not a dirty word


      In this article, I am setting out First Actuarial’s and Pension PlayPen’s auto-enrolment strategy for 2015 and beyond. It is a strategy that sets out to collaborate with not compete with advisers.   Why we chose to work … Continue reading

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What should we pay for the annuity guarantee?


  The publication of the FCA’s market study on annuities has not met with much enthusiasm. Consumerists do not think it has gone far enough to punish lazy insurers. Those on the sell side find it hard to understand what … Continue reading

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People seeking safety at any price?


  I was annoyed to listen to one of the Bank of England’s Chief Economists Andy Haldane tell the BBC’s Robert Peston that people were seeking safety at any price. Passing the buck on to the “cautious consumer” may play … Continue reading

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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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