Tag Archives: Investing

The FCA gets serious on pension outcomes


The FCA has published its 2015 business plan http://fca.org.uk/static/channel-page/business-plan/business-plan-2015-16.html Part of the plan is to award itself a £35m increase in budget, meaning it expects to spend £482m of our money – making sure our money is well managed. Whether this … Continue reading

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Good news from the Regulators


          It has been an important week for the regulation of workplace pensions. Not only have the DWP published the rules that govern workplace pensions qualifying to be used for auto-enrolment, but the FCA  published – … Continue reading

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Can we afford financial services in times of austerity?


  Thomas Philippon , the celebrated economist, gave a lecture on Tuesday Morning as part of London University’s Leading Minds series. The gist of his talk is that the cost of financial services (the collective name for everyone who is an … Continue reading

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Why advisers aren’t getting paid for auto-enrolment


    Amidst the back slapping as we pass 5m auto-enrolled into workplace pensions you hear little rejoicing from financial advisers. The majority we speak to are avoiding auto-enrolment for one reason- they can’t get paid for what they do. … Continue reading

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Protecting against losses is not the same as generating a profit – guest blog from Ralph Frank


  The Swiss National Bank’s (“SNB’s”) decision to abandon the currency ceiling of the Franc relative to the Euro has drawn attention to risk management and hedging. The losers from the SNB’s actions, including retail leveraged trading platforms, investment banks … Continue reading

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We need a Bus and a Lamborghini!


My friend Ralph Frank is very good at putting his finger on the problem. If he was a Doctor, I’d trust his diagnosis and I like to think of him with a stethoscope prodding around the body financial – listening … Continue reading

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Disclosing costs – we are almost there!


The Financial Services Consumer Panel have issued a damning condemnation on the £5tr British Funds Industry for failing to tell people what they are paying for and how much they are paying when they invest their money in British Funds. … Continue reading

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BRITAIN’S BIGGEST TABOOS: 20 MILLION PEOPLE STRESSED ABOUT FINANCES, YET TALKING ABOUT MONEY REMAINS OFF LIMITS


I don’t normally do press releases on here, I will make an exception here. People are embarrassed about money – when it’s their money they are talking about. The taboos about debt, wealth and financial planning are real and we need … Continue reading

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Pensions are yours to spend – but how do you get to the shops?


Ours to spend! If I were to give you £100,000 and tell you that that was to bide you over to the end of your life you might initially be excited – you might then become apprehensive and you might … Continue reading

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How to pay a consultant.


Why this is on my mind Today I’m speaking at a conference for pension consultants which is supposed to be exploring the opportunities for them and for their clients. Looking at their agenda, there is an obvious issue missing “how … Continue reading

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