Category Archives: advice gap

It’s not pensions that are rubbish- it’s the way we picture them


    I spent some time last week expressing my dis-satisfaction  with the DC Governance and the irrelevance of most DC trustees. It is easy to throw stones…. What is also needed is someone to mend the greenhouse to make … 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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A miserable device; – guest blog from Ralph Frank


Members who cease paying into defined contribution pension arrangements often pay higher management charges than their colleagues who continue to add to their savings. This two-tier charging approach is euphemistically referred to as the ‘Active Member Discount’ (“AMD”). I guess … Continue reading

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Disclosing costs – we are almost there!


The Financial Services Consumer Panel have issued a damning condemnation on the £5tr British Funds Industry for failing to tell people what they are paying for and how much they are paying when they invest their money in British Funds. … Continue reading

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Cass calls on fund managers to be paid on results.


    Dr Nick Motson of Cass Business School has issued another broadside at the funds industry who have been dilatory at best in responding to consumer pressure to better align its fees to the value it brings to consumers. … Continue reading

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Does Generation X really trust the Internet?


  I laugh at my Mum who goes to Shaftesbury library to find out what to do. She’s 84 and you’d have thought she’d have learned how to use an iphone by now. I mean my 17 year old kid … Continue reading

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There’s no silver bullet, to beat the DC blues!


There is no silver bullet The way that investment consultants talk about DC, you’d still think there is some silver bullet waiting to be loaded into the gun, to shoot away the DC blues. The DC blues cannot be cured … Continue reading

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The fine line between “patronising” and “paternal”.


Last week Tom Mcphail (Hargreaves Lansdown) had a go at Teresa Fritz (financial Services Consumer Council and MAS) about the need for advice. You’d expect the two to clash, FSCS and MAS are not much loved by advisers who see it as an incompetent … Continue reading

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Pensions for start-ups – you having a laugh?


Well “no” actually! This article sets out to explain why even the youngest of companies should be planning for pensions. Pension planning isn’t top of the list for entrepreneurs, most hope their business will become their pension. But there are good … Continue reading

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Pensions are yours to spend – but how do you get to the shops?


Ours to spend! If I were to give you £100,000 and tell you that that was to bide you over to the end of your life you might initially be excited – you might then become apprehensive and you might … Continue reading

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