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It’s only human nature after all!


  It’s natural for us to crave money but we are not natural money saving experts. Debate has raged on this blog and on the Pension Play Pen group pages as to whether Pensions Wise is doomed along with the … Continue reading

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Grown up brands


How does a brand develop gravitas? Almost all internet start-ups set out to disrupt and this disruption starts with the brand. From the fore-runner Egg to the much advertised Nutmeg, we are asked to think of the brand as something … Continue reading

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Who wants change? Who wants to change?


  Pension Freedoms is not about people doing exactly what you want them to. It is about allowing people to do exactly what they want to do. Yesterday I commended the Aon DC member survey to anyone prepared to submit … Continue reading

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The fine line between “patronising” and “paternal”.


Last week Tom Mcphail (Hargreaves Lansdown) had a go at Teresa Fritz (financial Services Consumer Council and MAS) about the need for advice. You’d expect the two to clash, FSCS and MAS are not much loved by advisers who see it as an incompetent … Continue reading

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53 not out – but the Grim Reaper is bowling first change


When you are young you regard birthdays as a staging post to growing up. When you are over50 they become markers  to the cemetery These cheery thoughts – “intimations on mortality” as Wordsworth described them, are with me as I listen to Leonard … Continue reading

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Am I being unfairly targeted?


It was all going so well. We’d had a great day working and a great night playing and we’d made it back to chalet 147 at Center parks and were tucked up in bed. But one of our company us was … Continue reading

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How to have fun without breaking the bank


Well you wouldn’t have thought that the newly opened Center Parcs near Woburn would afford 200 actuaries and pension geeks a good time. But you’d be reckoning without the child within that drives First Actuarial at work and play. The … Continue reading

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10 reasons why I’m proud to work for @firstactuarial


No wonder we’ve been nominated as Actuarial Employer of the Year. Wouldn’t you rather be working for us? Continue reading

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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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