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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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Why are we so unproductive?


News is out that Britain produces in five days what the French produce in four Robert Peston has written a series of articles on this over the past few days. Here is the gist of it. on the basis of … 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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The price of choice


It is becoming increasingly clear that the progress of the auto-enrolment project is balanced at the fulcrum. Until now attention has been focussed on the technical details surrounding the auto-enrolment process. But we are moving towards a new phase where … Continue reading

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No Prime Minister! guest blog from Ralph Frank


The Prime Minister focused on the long-term nature of the 2015 Budget in a recent piece he published in the Sunday Times. He saw the Budget as “rewarding those who work hard and do the right thing. For too long, … 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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We need a tank to get us across this battlefield!


We must dispel myths we have created and allow to malinger to the detriment of CDC and our pension system. 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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Dissemblance and dissolution


    Britain’s most famous advert was produced by Ridley Scott for Hovis, it put my town Shaftesbury on the map for many people. A fake Hovis loaf still sits at the top of Gold Hill up which the young … Continue reading

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