Tag Archives: Investing

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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Providers cherry picking pension customers? Whatever next!


Money Marketing is reporting that insurers are cherry picking the workplace pensions they take on . That this is news says a lot for the appalling lack of underwriting applied by insurers to the pricing of new business in this market over … Continue reading

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“Ring out the old – ring in the new”- who will be our investment fiduciaries in retirement?


Yesterday I went to the Schroders DC Challenge conference which was all about “delivering value and certainty” to retirement savers. I left enlightened by some interesting debates and one or two talks. I’ll share with you three observations that I … Continue reading

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Is the game up for active fund management?


The Department for Communities and Local Government announced yesterday that £85bn of actively managed assets could be transferred to passive management and that the fund of fund structures could be collapsed into a collective investment vehicles. This is very significant … Continue reading

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Fundless fund platforms?


Over the past fifteen years, new technology has brought us the fund platform, open architecture and unlimited choice. It has not brought us good fund governance and that’s what’s round the corner. But we are about to find that the … Continue reading

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People aren’t stupid- our products are!


I’m taking this comment out of comment so I won’t mention it’s source- it appears on a pensions website and is made by a leading actuary. Our challenge is to find a way to redress the balance and help them … Continue reading

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“Better workplace pensions – further measures for savers”


Recognise the title? It’s what the DWP chose to call their Command Paper on charges. This paper is not a justification for a charge cap, it’s a new framework for DC pension governance. It’s gone un-noticed but only one chapter … Continue reading

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When AE collaborations are a cop-out.


AE Collaborations such as those advertised in Pensions Extra last week are a “neat fusion” according to Zurich’s Stephen Leffley. Barnett Waddingham’s Damian Stancombe admits their collaboration with Standard Life was driven by providers cherry-picking but stresses “at the very … Continue reading

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Why clever people don’t do jargon


  I think the best actuaries are hard to spot, you wouldn’t know they were actuaries. The same goes for the best investment managers. Last night I had dinner with Eve Finn and a table full of Legal & General … Continue reading

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CDC for the people


The debate on Collective Defined Benefit has so far been a matter for politicians , academics and actuaries. Most people haven’t a clue what CDC is or how it might benefit or harm their retirements. I’ve been trying to broaden … Continue reading

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