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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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How pensions restrain public sector pay and services.


The latest discussions about how we will manage the nation’s finances are focussing on public sector pay.Nick Clegg tells us that his party will make sure   wages would rise in real terms for two years from 2016, and then … Continue reading

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Advance Australia Fair!


I have never been to Australia, I should go I know, but we have Earl’s Court. My good friend Jim Hennington has recently returned to his native Oz after a few years over here teaching us some tricks on how to … Continue reading

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“How were those freedoms for you?” – Two events to help us find out!


The press offices of all the major insurers have been busy printing announcements of how they have seen a tenfold increase in enquiries about pension benefits this week. Pension Wise has been open for bookings and Michelle Cracknell and the TPAS … 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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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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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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An escape plan for pensioners or pension schemes?


Collectively we are short on immortality Continue reading

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Will pension freedoms be the death of Defined Benefit?


  I thought it was the last supper (or at least the last pension playpen lunch). We had twelve men around the table (no women) and there was sombre expectation as we considered the impact small changes in tax legislation … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about risk – trustees, let’s talk about you and me..


Members cannot take exercise freedoms on pensions in payment so the decision to draw a DB pension is as irreversible as buying an annuity. Trustees need to make their members knowledgeable about their options. Continue reading

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