Tag Archives: Britain

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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Can Britain afford Proper Pensions? Play Pen Lunch 01/10/12


The discussion focussed on the question “can Britain afford proper pensions” which broke into three questions. 1  What makes a pension proper? 2. What is the true price of funding for pensions? 3. What are the consequences of not pre-funding … Continue reading

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William and Kate


I feel very sorry for William over the publication of the photos of his wife bare chested. Most especially for the not so distant memory of his mother. I feel sorry for Kate too but she has a lesser burden. If William … Continue reading

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TESCO extra pensions


I’ve followed Tesco’s progress towards the staging of auto-enrolment closely this week. I think we are at a tipping point in pension provision in Britain, a point which could see the return of pensions that do what they say on … Continue reading

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