Category Archives: corporate governance

Wish us luck as we Pitch to be Britain’s top micro-employer!


  Today’s the day we pitch to be Britain’s top micro-enployer at the Paintworks in Bristol. We are one of 30 employers left in the competition, one of 20 actively trading- we have a 5% chance of winning! But that … Continue reading

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Young People and Pensions


This is a blog by Vivi Friedgut of @blackbullion; she is also responsible for the picture and its contents!   Pensions don’t make for the most thrilling conversations. Like verrucas, funerals or the dream you had last night, talking about … 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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How retirement products evolve (and revolve).


  There are three drivers that shape the evolution of financial products – supply, demand and Government intervention. Between the mid 80s and today Britain has seen a Financial Services Revolution that has been no less dramatic than the agrarian … Continue reading

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“Accelerators” How a student wants to embed “pensions” in Britain’s start-ups


I’ve written before about Josh Collins, a student who’s managed to get a first in mechanical engineering without sitting his  A levels (it’s hard to do exams when you are homeless from 16-18.) Josh sent me his thoughts on how … Continue reading

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Towards common data standards for auto-enrolment


The Chartered Institute for Payroll and Pension Professionals and their “Friends of AE” stitched me up with writing up the output of a working group comprising a lot of old’uns and a couple of delightful “young’uns”. Here, for the general enlightenment of others and the … Continue reading

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21st Century Retirement Income Update


  Well here I am in a Village hotel under the M1 seven miles south of Leeds to chair a day long conference on the opportunities for financial advisers from George Osborne’s Budget Changes (the photo is the lovely view … Continue reading

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“Better workplace pensions – further measures for savers”


Recognise the title? It’s what the DWP chose to call their Command Paper on charges. This paper is not a justification for a charge cap, it’s a new framework for DC pension governance. It’s gone un-noticed but only one chapter … Continue reading

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All the right funds- not necessarily in the right order (a budget prescient blog)


  I wrote this blog hours before the budget which abolished annuities. For some reason I decided this morning, to write about investment as if annuities didn’t exist. From 2015, for new pensioners- they will no longer be the default, … Continue reading

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I’m in- who’s out?


  I’m serving up a dish which may have gone cold in your inbox or may not have reached you at all. Personally I’m not concerned about opt-out rates, even if they crept above the 9% generally advertised. That Ceridian … Continue reading

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