Category Archives: advice gap

Why IFA’s have nothing to fear and everything to gain!


  This morning I am chairing Money Marketing’s AE Invitational in Swindon. These will be my opening comments to the audience of invited IFAs who I’m looking forward to spending the morning with.   ” When I started selling insurance, … Continue reading

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A beginner’s guide to annuities


Annuities haven’t got a very good name at the moment. They are blamed for many problems which are not their fault. One problem with annuities is that most people don’t understand them! Another problem with annuities is that people have … Continue reading

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I was so much older then (I’m younger than that now)


Thank goodness for kids- kid journalists for a start. There is a gang on young journos who actually give a damn about the pensions they are in and are prepared to engage and educate themselves about what makes for a … Continue reading

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“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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