Category Archives: First Actuarial

The true cost of pensions; UK vs Netherlands – guest blog from Emma Craig of KAS Bank


  Yesterday the Financial Services Consumer Panel released a paper outlining key issues for long term savers created by opacity in the true cost of investing in pensions. As auto-enrolment of workers into (predominantly) Defined Contribution pensions continues apace the … Continue reading

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Am I being unfairly targeted?


It was all going so well. We’d had a great day working and a great night playing and we’d made it back to chalet 147 at Center parks and were tucked up in bed. But one of our company us was … Continue reading

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Why I work for First Actuarial


  First Actuarial celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and it has a lot to celebrate Record profits with turnover up from £12.5m to £14m All nine of the original Founders in place – now joined by a further 8 … Continue reading

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Sign up for The First Actuarial Monkey League -2014 !


  You can save yourself reading 644 words of Pension Plowman pontification and sign up for the Monkey League here. Or you can read the blog and take your decisions at the end.   Here’s why I’m promoting our Monkey … Continue reading

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Pension PlayPen- Britain’s most innovative pension consultancy


  Dawid Konotey-Ahulu mailed me yesterday to tell me we’d been named Engaged Investor’s most innovative pension consultancy. It’s a mark of Dawid’s genorosity that he thought to contact me, even though the firm he started Redington had (along with … Continue reading

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“Who’s on our side?”


  I’m having dinner with TV educationalist Alvin Hall, a man almost as well know for being attacked by ostriches as for his charismatic TV appearances. Looking through the list of other guests at the supper I reckon they represent … 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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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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“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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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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