Category Archives: advice gap

“Savers who cash in their pensions face charges of up to 20%”


  I repeat the Daily Mail’s headline which is absolutely accurate. I am glad that they did not use the word “penalties” as this implies a non-contractual lock-in being imposed by insurers. This is not what is happening. Insurers are … Continue reading

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What did you do in the war Daddy?


One of the most successful recruitment campaigns ever- focussed on this simple question. It asked young men to imagine themselves once the fighting stopped having to explain to those in their care the contribution they’d made to the war effort. … Continue reading

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Is an annuity an investment product? Perhaps not!


  I have been worrying about a presentation I have to deliver to an investment group on the value of annuities. I have long felt that annuities are a rubbish investment and UK annuities a particularly rubbish investment. My confidence … Continue reading

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Making a buyer’s market for pensions


Organisations such as Which have always charged a subscription for their research. Those prepared to pay a regular monthly amount built libraries of reports which help us purchase everything from groceries to credit cards. Which put its readers in control- … 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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11 tips for advisers planning for April ’15


  It’s been four months since the Budget and the aftershocks of George’s pension bombshell are still being fealt. One by one, the policy decisions which will shape the way advice and guidance will be delivered, are falling into place. … Continue reading

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Auto-enrolment’s tactical- pensions are strategic


  The old questions “are you managing your business or is your business managing you?” and “fail to plan, plan to fail” are annoyingly true- annoying because they are business clichés and doubly annoying as they remind us of the … Continue reading

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“Value for money” key to DC Governance say FCA.


The FCA published yesterday an important consultation (CPA14/16) proposing rules for independent governance committees (IGCs). The introduction of IGCs was agreed by the ABI as part of a deal with the Office of Fair Trading that fended off insurers being referred to a more serious investigation. The main … Continue reading

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Good pensions need good bosses!


. My friend Steve Bee has produced a marvellous cartoon this morning. The need to save between 15 and 20% of lifetime earnings hasn’t changed. The numbers being crunched to come up with the 17.5% recommended lifetime contribution rate should … Continue reading

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SIPPs – where does the buck stop?


  The recent ruling of the Financial Ombudsman found in favour of investor- “Mr A” and against Berkeley Burke, a SIPP provider who had managed a £25,000 investment made by Mr A in Sustainable AgroEnergy. Mr A had been advised by … Continue reading

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