Tag Archives: Funds

“We don’t know what we’re doing”!


To the average fan it is not the fans or player or clubs that bring the game into disrepute it is the referee – hence the chants the politest of which is “you don’t know what you’re doing”. But it’s never that simple. What … Continue reading

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Why target date funds have been slow to catch on


with all the headwinds in the favour of TDFs and against Lifestyle it’s hard to see why insurers aren’t switching to TDFs Continue reading

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The true and fair way to “cost” your investments


This machine will increase competition, drive out inefficiencies and increase respect for managers (with an eye to costs ) Continue reading

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Those Dutch pension cuts in full!


Final figures from the Dutch central bank DNB show a total of 66 Dutch pension funds have been forced to curtail pensions due to funding shortfalls. Continue reading

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An encouraging tale of choice


I feel more enthusiastic about the investment section of the about to be launched http://www.pensionplaypen.com than any other. Continue reading

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Helping companies take decisions on pensions


One of the first thing you are taught at sales school is to “sell not tell”. Selling people an idea is about planting and nurturing an idea, not marching customers to the check-out desk. When it comes to taking a … Continue reading

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All that glitters does not lure – thoughts on DC default funds.


“I asked him, ‘My God, they’re purple and green. Do fish really take these lures?’And he said, ‘Mister, I don’t sell to fish.’ Continue reading

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Can a hedge fund make your money prosper?


  Here is a question asked to members of  our Pension Play Pen by Alan Miller. It’s a long question so I’ve broken it down a bit- my answers at the bottom! When you consider predictions (eg LBS’s Dimson & Marsh) … Continue reading

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No win no fee – one way to clean up asset management


I met yesterday with a Swiss firm whose business is to reduce the investment costs for large investors (typically with €500m +). The model is simple, no retainer – they receive 50% of the savings from their work. They are a … Continue reading

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