Tag Archives: corporate governance

Why due diligence is soooooooo important!


  Yesterday I wrote about pension charges and the difference between poor practice and malpractice . At some point the value for money swing-ometre  tips into rip-off territory and it’s almost always when those managing its costs of a scheme, stop acting … Continue reading

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Bad practice or malpractice?


Johnson hath spoken! Michael is one of the few people who owes the financial services industry nothing. His voice is independent and trustworthy and his latest contribution to the debate on how we fund our retirement is welcome Pensions are … Continue reading

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High risk, medium risk , low risk? No idea! Guest blog from Ralph Frank


How many times have you been asked whether you have a high, medium or low risk tolerance?  Perhaps the question has been phrased differently, testing if you are an aggressive, moderate or conservative investor? You might even have had your … Continue reading

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Identifying your auto-enrolment workers! Great guest blog by Karen Prince


This month sees the start of the final stage of auto-enrolment in the UK for more than 1.2 million employers. This last stage affects small and medium enterprises employing less than 30 staff. By April 2017, all businesses, including those … Continue reading

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NEST – Lamborghini or Trabant?


Yesterday I wrote about NEST’s great steps towards an integrated approach to the management of auto-enrolment data. I didn’t hear anyone else asking the question “is NEST acting as a force for good or is it over-stepping the remit we , … Continue reading

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Boom Bust Boom


I went to the Imax this week (great cinema) to see Boom Bust Boom. I was a guest of Cardano, the Dutch fiduciary manager and I had a good time. One thing I’ve learned about the meeja, is that if … Continue reading

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If it’s not in the price- I’m not paying it.


All week I have been beset by those nasty little extras that add up. On Norwegian Airlines everything is extra, water, food , headsets , blankets – the duty free is more expensive than Tescos. It costs $50 to put … Continue reading

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IFAs and actuaries – as easy as “A Cap B”.


For half of the 30 years I’ve been advising people, I was paid by private individuals to help them take difficult financial decisions. For the other half, I’ve been paid by employers to help their staff take difficult decisions. This … Continue reading

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The tone from the top


Take a close look at the photo above, it’s taken from a Morningstar conference yesterday. The gentleman on the left is asking the question, the women on the right are listening and the gents on the right – well – they’re … Continue reading

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For Ros Altmann, the best is yet to come.


Ros Altmann is our new pension minister, this is unequivocally good news. For years people have been poking fun at Ros Altmann for her claims to be a Government Advisor. Between 2001 and 2005 she was an advisor to no … Continue reading

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