Tag Archives: pension

How interoperable are you?


One of the Friends of Auto-Enrolment’s groups is called the interoperability task-force. I think Andy Agethangelou makes these names up so his name seems short by comparison. “Interoperability” is a concept I haven’t come across before, but like a lot … Continue reading

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Auto-enrolment – a job worth doing?


Ask yourself a question – is the Government changed its mind and stopped the auto-enrolment program at the end of the year – how would you feel? I expect that there would be a mixed bag of reactions Outrage from … Continue reading

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Should workplace pensions have a duty of candour?


We seem to have learned nothing from the Office of Fair Trading report on workplace pensions. In case you’ve forgotten, the OFT reported they’d never encountered such  poor purchasing as with employers purchasing pensions for their staff. What has been … Continue reading

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Why due diligence is soooooooo important!


  Yesterday I wrote about pension charges and the difference between poor practice and malpractice . At some point the value for money swing-ometre  tips into rip-off territory and it’s almost always when those managing its costs of a scheme, stop acting … Continue reading

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Bad practice or malpractice?


Johnson hath spoken! Michael is one of the few people who owes the financial services industry nothing. His voice is independent and trustworthy and his latest contribution to the debate on how we fund our retirement is welcome Pensions are … Continue reading

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GRAXIT! – an open letter to Phil Loney on how he can help solve the GAR problem.


An open letter to Phil Loney – CEO of Royal London Phil You’ve started a good debate on Guaranteed Annuity Rates and how we should manage them in this time of Pension Freedom. Getting out of GAR contracts (GRAXIT) is proving a … Continue reading

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The value of guaranteed annuity rates


The affable , cricket loving chief executive of Royal London- Phil Loney- has written to Ros Altmann thus;- Dear Ros Congratulations on your Maiden Speech. It is pleasing to hear such a positive advocate for pensions. I was particular pleased … Continue reading

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High risk, medium risk , low risk? No idea! Guest blog from Ralph Frank


How many times have you been asked whether you have a high, medium or low risk tolerance?  Perhaps the question has been phrased differently, testing if you are an aggressive, moderate or conservative investor? You might even have had your … Continue reading

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NEST – Lamborghini or Trabant?


Yesterday I wrote about NEST’s great steps towards an integrated approach to the management of auto-enrolment data. I didn’t hear anyone else asking the question “is NEST acting as a force for good or is it over-stepping the remit we , … Continue reading

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Robo-up or get left behind


Robo advisors seem to get all the press but they’re just one fish within the digital ocean that financial advisors should be swimming in. Every advisor should do a comprehensive review of their business and determine how they can improve … Continue reading

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