Tag Archives: London

Three old farts on DC regulation


            John Reeve, whose previous comments on DC I have dismissed as the “wittering of an out of touch actuary”, has written a telling comment on mallowstreet. I’m sure he won’t mind me re-publishing it … Continue reading

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We have scotch’d the snake not killed it – three years to sort out hidden charges


  We have scotch’d the snake, not kill’d it: She’ll close and be herself, whilst our poor malice Remains in danger of her former tooth. Macbeth Act 3 Scene 2   Of all the vested interest groups, the fund managers … Continue reading

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“What’s it like to be retired?”


It could be the trending chant at any event that Alex Ferguson turns up to – a taunt to a man who having lost control has seen slump into mundanity in a few short months. Financial wellbeing in later life … Continue reading

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Why there is nothing- nothing- like the Cheltenham National Hunt Festival


On Tuesday March 11th, 45 members of the Pension PlayPen group will embark a London Double Decker bus at Paddington, drink and sing our way to Prestbury Park on the northern outskirts of Cheltenham and spend an afternoon in the … 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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Fire extinguishers and auto-enrolment


A report of a rejuvenated Pensions Minister’s top performance at the Ceridian Client Conference Continue reading

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Do linkedin endorsements do your head in?


You can’t stop someone from endorsing you, but you can opt out of having your endorsements show on your profile Continue reading

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How safe is my pension?


This is one of the five most commonly asked questions I’ve been asked in my time advising members of workplace pensions in the past 25 years. In that time I have only advised on one scheme where members lost their … Continue reading

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NEST’s ambitious business plan looks doomed


Perhaps the restriction on providing supporting software to enable online on boarding and aE compliance is the one that is most needed of all, Continue reading

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How HMRC passes the buck on Pension Liberation Fraud


The only people who seem to be being dumped on are occupational pension trustees. Continue reading

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