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CDC designed by an enlightened actuary -Derek Benstead!


  When I started out in insurance my sales manager told me: “Don’t sell a solution until you’ve understood the problem.” So far, collective defined contribution is a solution that is so short on detail we can only suppose what … Continue reading

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Why Bill Gross so doesn’t matter


  I went to a posh PIMCO conference at the Langham Hotel, I got very bored and left after the first session. Later that week PIMCO announced that their bond guru Bill Gross had left them. The story was that … Continue reading

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Post budget capacity challenge for insurers


    Scottish Widows boss Toby Strauss has told the Telegraph that his company is already facing a capacity crunch as it digests the impact of legislative changes over the past two years and faces the challenges of 2015. The … Continue reading

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Why I work for First Actuarial


  First Actuarial celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and it has a lot to celebrate Record profits with turnover up from £12.5m to £14m All nine of the original Founders in place – now joined by a further 8 … Continue reading

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Sign up for The First Actuarial Monkey League -2014 !


  You can save yourself reading 644 words of Pension Plowman pontification and sign up for the Monkey League here. Or you can read the blog and take your decisions at the end.   Here’s why I’m promoting our Monkey … Continue reading

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Making every minute count -effective Guidance at Retirement


            Many people say that you cannot do much to really help people in a thirty minute guidance session. I disagree; more importantly, Michelle Cracknell disagrees. Michelle is the CEO of The Pension Advisory Service … Continue reading

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Why do we treat charitable pension schemes as if they were for profit?


Charities are charitable and  different – it should go without saying but it seems that many pensions people haven’t worked this out, Why are they different? Firstly they are not for profit and typically view their work as infinitely valuable in … Continue reading

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Why I wanted to be Pensions Personality of the Year 2014.


If we measured personality by Klout score then it would be won by an algorithm as faceless as the inventor of Bitcoins. Continue reading

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“Innovation – what innovation?” – Pension PlayPen confounded by DC investments


The 50th London Pension PlayPen lunch took place as ever at the Counting House (attendees listed below). At the opening show of hand six of us could see no great innovation happening in UK DC and three saw “potential” or … Continue reading

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Small is beautiful – a good news story from Investment Solutions


Have a look at the Investment Solutions website or http://www.firstactuarial.co.uk or http://www.pensionplaypen.com – you’ll see a common thread- SMALL BUT BEAUTIFUL. Continue reading

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