Tag Archives: Financial services

IFAs take the lead in sorting the transfer blockage.


  BIG THINKING Two things I’m really looking forward to in September are threesixty’s two “Big Thinking Days”. One’s in Edinburgh and one’s in London and if you’re going, you;re in for a treat. Threesixty are a pretty pucker outfit (IMO) and … Continue reading

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Does drawdown need a charges cap for pension drawdown


This post was written a few months ago but never published. The main thrust is still relevant, the thrust is that we are better off building better and more relevant products than trying to squeeze drawdown into a shirt two … Continue reading

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The markets are back but the damage is done.


There are those who thrive on the ups and downs of the stock market; high frequency traders take fractional advantage of moves up and down and like wind farms, make most when it’s stormy. You can buy and sell this … Continue reading

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How do you compare pension default funds?


    An old colleague contacted me yesterday with a simple (but great) question. “how do you compare pension default funds”. I can speak on this for First Actuarial, who provide the investment ratings on default funds for the Pension … Continue reading

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The tricky job of enrolling the self-employed into pensions


The estimate from the Citizen’s Advice Bureau that some 460,000 extra workers are currently missing out on auto-enrolment because employers deem them independently self-employed seems reasonable. When employers conduct a workforce assessment, they generally do so with a cut of … Continue reading

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What passing bells for those who work as cattle?


It’s currently cool to talk about treating your workforce as a commodity. Evidence- Jeff Bezos can get on the Front Page of the New York Times for his experiments in office cruelty. “Amazon is successful right now- Bezos must be getting … Continue reading

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Helpless? – and scammers in town!


One of the worst things about doing my job is seeing people being fleeced without being able to do anything about it. I know that Katie Morley feels the same way – I can feel it when she’s writing about … Continue reading

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Auto-enrolment – now get stuck in!


Auto-enrolment is 3 years old but the real fun only starts here. In the coming quarter, we will be preparing for the big spikes in staging that begin in January 2016. Whether you are an accountant, work in a payroll … Continue reading

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He’s here, he’s there,he’s every f**k*n where -Carsten Staehr


If you were in Carriage B on the 15.35 Kings Cross to Newcastle yesterday afternoon, our apologies. It was a quiet coach, it wasn’t quiet. Carsten Staehr was in the carriage. Two weeks ago, at the age of 52, Carsten … Continue reading

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Financial advisors need better retirement products


Better products that deliver what they say I had the pleasure of Chris Radford’s company over the weekend. Chris is a consultant to pension providers , a regular at our Pension lunches and someone who thinks about the way ordinary people … Continue reading

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