Tag Archives: corporate risk

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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MoneyHub – financial education’s future?


I met yesterday with Toby Hughes, CEO of MoneyHub, one of the very few people in financial services who I could properly call visionary. Like most visionaries, his big idea is very simple. He and his CTO Dave Toge talked … 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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Time to move on?


This election was brutal. Gregg McClymont knew his fate but Steve Webb’s defeat was a shock to us all – sadly electors don’t wear pension goggles. Just as we were resigning ourselves to BAU,  David Cameron announced Ros Altmann’s appointment … Continue reading

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What’s inside the wrapper’s – what matters! Guest blog from Ralph Frank


  I often find myself bemused, and/or confused, when I see investment portfolios specified in terms of product wrappers (e.g. unit trusts, exchange traded funds, structured notes etc.) instead of the underlying investments (e.g. equities, bonds etc.).  The underlying investments, … 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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Should we be trusted with our pension pot?


Today’s the day those over 55 can start taking their pension pots as they like;- except you can’t because the insurance companies are closed for the Bank Holiday except  your defined contribution pension provider may not have adapted its systems yet except you … 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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