Tag Archives: Liability Driven Investment

“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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When only a dedicated project manager will do – AE needs new advisers.


Most pension people trying to project manage auto-enrolment have found themselves out of their depth. Whether you are an actuarial consultant or an IFA the issue is the same- you know little about HR processes and less about payroll. Integrating … 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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From old to new – minimising disruption from pension reform


This post puts forward a new paradigm  for 2014 , based on  adjustments to the 2013 mindset. My assumptions are;- We are about to enter a new world where trail commission, active member discounts and higher cost investment defaults play no … Continue reading

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Do employers have a duty of care to their staff when they retire?


If you take the Daily Express, you will have been reading a series of front page headlines about “rip-off pensions”. Here’s this Thursday’s edition http://www.express.co.uk/news/retirement/423869/Millions-hit-by-scandal-of-pensions-rip-off . The argument is based on some recently released figures “A 65-year-old with average pension … Continue reading

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“Pensions people can trust” – a proper kick in the nuts.


If we could only lift up our eyes from our spreadsheets and do some strategic thinking, we’d be grateful that Labour are trying to clean up our act. Continue reading

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Mothball NEST till 2017


Should we mothball NEST and brush it off in 2017? Maybe a little drastic but we certainly need to scale back the amount it is spending both in events and it its payroll.
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PPF II -opening the door for a better DC


We are where we are – the social contract has been decided… not compulsion but impulsion; impulsion  into a DC pensions model that relies on the markets to deliver a second tier of pensions. Our retirements will be funded from employer and employee contributions over a … Continue reading

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The Regulator, wisdom and the crowd


The Pension Regulator, it needs be said , did not have a good Professional Pension Show. Things started well enough with a keynote speech that laid out its 2012 agenda Get DB solvent Get DC sorted Get Auto-Enrolment in Simples… And that … Continue reading

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