Category Archives: Personal Accounts

Is the game up for active fund management?


The Department for Communities and Local Government announced yesterday that £85bn of actively managed assets could be transferred to passive management and that the fund of fund structures could be collapsed into a collective investment vehicles. This is very significant … Continue reading

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Time to be clear on what’s a good workplace pension.


We are losing sight of what the charges consultation is about. It is about improving pension outcomes. Continue reading

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No smugness – NEST’s British


Ultimately, if NEST fails, auto-enrolment fails and if AE fails we have lost, for a generation, the opportunity to genuinely reform Britain’s long-term savings behaviour Continue reading

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A method to chose your workplace pension scheme.


I’d value your feedback on a scoring system we are developing which aims to provide employers with a method of rating one pension proposition against another. We want it used by employers looking to establish a new workplace scheme, and those who … Continue reading

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Give a straight red to active member discounts


What are active member discounts (AMDs) and what’s so wrong with them? Continue reading

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Johnson v Keating ; a pensions heavyweight title fight


There are two documents sitting on my desktop this morning. The first is a paper by Con Keating. Con believes that the best way of providing pensions is collectively through large organisations who are able to offer and keep future … Continue reading

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DC Trustees – asleep at the wheel?


I was spending insomniac hours reading posts about savings on http://www.moneysavingexpert.com when I came upon a thread about the ABI 14 agreeing to disclose transactional costs from next summer. There wasn’t much on the comments board – one post stood out. … Continue reading

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NEST Insight; what the 11m+ “unpensioned” think.


NEST has produced a chunky report that “takes the temperature of automatic enrolment”. This promises to be the first of a series and as the first has five years of accumulated insights to lay before us. I thoroughly recommend it … Continue reading

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Why the DC “game is up” for the active fund managers


Like landed salmon , they flap around on the bank, hoping they may get thrown back in the water. Continue reading

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Whose risk is it anyway?


The Government wants us to think about pension risk sharing… To consider how much responsibility we can take for our own financial welfare when we’re really old. To consider what our employers can do to help And consider (which they talk of quietly)  … Continue reading

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