Tag Archives: corporate governance

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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Important days for pensions


David Cameron will be announcing his new cabinet members and more junior ministers this week. Those of us who work in pensions already know that Ian Duncan Smith will remain Minister of State at the DWP, but who will be … Continue reading

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Investing for drawdown – How L&G are responding to the challenge


Nigel Wilson, L&G’s CEO- recently ran a hang-out to discuss key issues. My question to him, was a bit technical and I’m glad that easier questions were put on the day! I asked what solutions L&G could come up with … Continue reading

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Magic beans and “negative capability”


Negative capability describes the capacity of human beings to transcend and revise their contexts. If we dismiss it as “magic beans” we are committed to repeating the mistakes of the past – and- as we all know – that way is madness. Continue reading

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We need a tank to get us across this battlefield!


We must dispel myths we have created and allow to malinger to the detriment of CDC and our pension system. Continue reading

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Keeping pensions “in balance”.


Occasionally an article I publish on here hits a raw nerve and a missive is sent to someone at my company naming me and trying to shame me. Thankfully, my company is familiar with how social media and accepts that staff  who care, have … Continue reading

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5 good reasons we need a secondary annuity market


I returned from a long walk this morning to a barrage of negativity on twitter. The outrage of the pensions twitterati was reserved for the Government’s pre-budget leak that people will be able to buy and sell annuities as if … Continue reading

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It’s all about Steve Webb – stupid!


Pensions Question Time at the PPI Last night the Pension Policy Institute held a meeting to discuss the impact of next week’s budget on pensions. Expertly chaired by Paul Lewis, it turned out to be a meeting demonstrating the paucity … Continue reading

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