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First we take Manhattan…


Canada bores me. I have only two cultural references for the place, Supertramp – (the band that drove me to punk in the 1970s) and South Park the movie which urges Americans to “blame Canada, they’re not even a real country anyway”. I know … Continue reading

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Helping carers to a proper pension..


How hard is it for us to get those who care for others , the same pension rights as those of us cared for by our employers? Rather hard – it would seem – at least according to yesterday’s Moneybox. … Continue reading

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The cost of auto-enrolment


  Charlotte Clark – one of the architects of auto-enrolment and now head of private pensions in the DPW – is an economist. She is familiar with cost having worked in a corresponding position in the Treasury and it was … Continue reading

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IFAs and actuaries – as easy as “A Cap B”.


For half of the 30 years I’ve been advising people, I was paid by private individuals to help them take difficult financial decisions. For the other half, I’ve been paid by employers to help their staff take difficult decisions. This … Continue reading

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Is now really the time to stop bashing banks?


“If you ain’t cheating – you ain’t trying” “Time to lay off the banks”  – I hear it every day. I live with a Director of a leading retail bank- she claims not to read my blogs –  I’d like to … Continue reading

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Consistency and Simplicity (guest blog – Ralph Frank)


  The current UK pension taxation regime gives preferential treatment to Defined Benefit (“DB”) savers relative to Defined Contribution (“DC”) savers at both theAnnual Allowance (“AA”) and Lifetime Allowance (“LA”) levels.  The current taxation system is overly complex, with two … Continue reading

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Procrastination, the thief of time – (Josh Collins)


Procrastination is, in essence, stealing from yourself. The reason goals are so hard to reach, many psychologists think, is because each person believes they are really two people: Present Me and Future Me. And to most people, Future Me is much less … Continue reading

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Advice and education


  I chaired a meeting of independent financial advisers at RIBA yesterday. The best thing about the morning was the half hour spent over lunch in the wonderful Rennie Mackintosh exhibition within RIBA’s beautiful HQ in Great Portland Street, a … Continue reading

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“I’m afraid we had no answers.. good luck! ..-..Steve.”


“Where are all the pension people?” Asked an accountant at #Accountex15 on Thursday. They were elsewhere listening to Steve Webb and Gregg McClymont looking back at the last five years, a neat metaphor for the pensions industry as another accountant pointed … Continue reading

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The tone from the top


Take a close look at the photo above, it’s taken from a Morningstar conference yesterday. The gentleman on the left is asking the question, the women on the right are listening and the gents on the right – well – they’re … Continue reading

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