Category Archives: Financial Education

People aren’t stupid- our products are!


I’m taking this comment out of comment so I won’t mention it’s source- it appears on a pensions website and is made by a leading actuary. Our challenge is to find a way to redress the balance and help them … Continue reading

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Why we expect insurers to bounce back stronger (from these reforms)


  I’ve just read yesterday’s press release from PWC’s Jonathan Howe commenting on the pension reform announced in this year’s budget. “There is no doubt that the changes present very significant challenges to life insurers with a heavy reliance on annuity business, … Continue reading

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Think first – sell later


Think first – sell later- a dictum to be followed in the next 12 months Continue reading

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“What’s it like to be retired?”


It could be the trending chant at any event that Alex Ferguson turns up to – a taunt to a man who having lost control has seen slump into mundanity in a few short months. Financial wellbeing in later life … Continue reading

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Fund management’s like a car-boot, you’ve got to know what you’re paying (and what you’re buying).


Fund management’s like a car-boot, you’ve got to know what you’re paying (and what you’re buying). Continue reading

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Getting use to managing pensions ourselves


The ideas of personal financial empowerment and independent financial advice grew up hand in hand. But they are mutually exclsusive concepts and ill-matched bedfellows. Now that we have the means to do it ourselves, we need to be allowed to. … Continue reading

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The politics of pensions – how the landscape has changed since 2010.


Let us hope that the head of steam that has been built up since 2010 can be maintained.
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What a charge cap would mean for insurers


the Embedded Value write offs if the cap comes in at 0.5% will be in the £bns Continue reading

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It’s not a capacity crunch it’s a traffic jam


the nature of the problem changes but the scale of the problem remains the same Continue reading

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The true and fair way to “cost” your investments


This machine will increase competition, drive out inefficiencies and increase respect for managers (with an eye to costs ) Continue reading

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