Category Archives: First Actuarial

Can IFAs create their own profession?


James Walker  has published BWD’s assessment of the prospects for firms offering financial advice as their core product. He paints a picture of rising regulatory costs and sluggish growth prospects preventing IFA practices from employing the young blood to refresh it. Last … Continue reading

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Beware “black-box” auto-enrolment “solutions”.


Katie Morley of the de Daily Telegraph has written an important article claiming that the occupational schemes set up to relieve the needy of their pension savings before retirement are now turning their sights on auto-enrolment. This may or may not … Continue reading

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The perils of Pre-Selection


Yesterday was dominated by one word – choice. During the day I attended the ICAEW Auto-enrolment conference with around 120 accountants. It was a very serious event, enlivened by an outburst from the floor as an accountant objected to the … Continue reading

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Don’t underestimate SME’s hunger for investment know-how!


I am  frustrated by the capitulation of many in the pension industry to the challenge faced by inducting 1.2m new employers into our funded pension culture. The Pension Apartheid practiced by the investment elite At a recent event, Joanne Segers, CEO … Continue reading

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The pernicious power of financial advertising


The incendiary resignation letter from Peter Oborne cites the removal of articles from the Telegraph’s website , claiming the articles went because of pressure from HSBC as a major advertiser. Buzzfeed have the story (and the article( here). I know … Continue reading

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It’s only human nature after all!


  It’s natural for us to crave money but we are not natural money saving experts. Debate has raged on this blog and on the Pension Play Pen group pages as to whether Pensions Wise is doomed along with the … Continue reading

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Are workplace pensions “risk-free” to employers?


If you think workplace savings plans are “risk free” to employers – think again; “value for money” changes that Continue reading

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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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