Tag Archives: Investment

Are managers delivering on investors’ expectations? Guest blog from Ralph Frank


  An investor appoints an active manager in the hope that this manager will outperform the agreed benchmark by a specified amount within an agreed risk tolerance.  Assessing whether the manager has delivered on this expectation should be relatively straightforward.  … Continue reading

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What’s the cost of choice?


I and my colleagues are fascinated by financial decisions; who to take out your mortgage with, who to bank with, which ISA to choose and which pension scheme to select for your staff. Which , Money Saving Expert and the … Continue reading

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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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The greatest sporting weekend of the year?


The race is on to show your true sporting credentials on twitter. My twitter timeline was invaded by the likes of Pensions Sam Notts (3rd from bottom) v Yeovil (bottom) this weekend, big big game! @henryhtapper — Sam Brodbeck (@PensionsSam) April 10, … Continue reading

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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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Don’t underestimate SME’s hunger for investment know-how!


I am  frustrated by the capitulation of many in the pension industry to the challenge faced by inducting 1.2m new employers into our funded pension culture. The Pension Apartheid practiced by the investment elite At a recent event, Joanne Segers, CEO … Continue reading

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When will we ever learn?


  There are no short-cuts in pensions, there are no silver bullets, easy answers, no lottery wins, no free alpha. There’s just a lot of hard saving backed up by good governance , cost control and sound investment strategy. Pete Seeger, … 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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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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