Tag Archives: Britain

What’s the point of banks?


News that the HSBC is to slash it’s costs by $5bn. spells trouble for 6,000 British workers and their families. It will probably be seen as good news to the shareholders of the bank but what of the customers? There was … Continue reading

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Who’s risk is it anyway? How Canada and Britain are dumping pension risk


I’m off to Manhattan to talk to a couple of hundred Canadian pension experts. This is broadly what is going to be said, I’ll be sharing the stage with a couple of Canadian pension experts and (if you open the presentation), … Continue reading

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Do you want to be a Pension PlayPen Agent?


If you fancy helping your clients to get the right workplace pension to suit their payroll and provide best outcomes for their staff, you should register as an agent at http://www.pensionplaypen.com/register . Helping your clients to use our service doesn’t … Continue reading

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If I were Steve Webb..


tomorrow I must pretend to be Steve Webb and speak to an NAPF group as if I were him Continue reading

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Into the heart of darkness – ooops Midlothian!


Let’s hope he gets a great turnout and that we have as lively a debate as ever Continue reading

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Working for the clampdown?


“what are we going to do now?” Joe Strummer asked in 1979. Are we still working for the Clampdown? Continue reading

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“We grow old, we grow old” – a budget day blog


It’s budget day. I was asked to be a commentator on a budget briefing this afternoon but I’m not good on economics – more interested in nuts and bolts. All the same, it’s useful sometimes to stick your head up and … Continue reading

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Taking meaningful investment choices off the shelf


  I’m  pleased to hear that NEST is planning to explain its investment plans that everyone can understand.I visited their offices last week and spoke with their chief investment officer about this. I hope that as part of this explanation , he’ll … Continue reading

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Why we don’t need to fear a pension “advice gap”.


Last night it was the House of Lords, this morning it was a Parliamentary Select Committee. Both were concerned that an “advice gap” has been created that will mean poor people do not get financial advice on retirement planning. The argument goes that … Continue reading

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People with long eyes


“People with long eyes” This is what some native Americans called the scientists setting up a telescope in the mid-west desert; the phrase gave Lucy Winkett’s sermon at the St Paul’s Schools John Colet Day its theme. I sat and listened with long ears … Continue reading

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