Tag Archives: Politics

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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“what should tell the staff?” Pension PlayPen Lunch today!


  Every first business Monday of the month, the Pension Play Pen Linked In group meet in the Partners Room of the Counting House in Cornhill to discuss pressing issues of the day. True to form, we meet today (Monday … Continue reading

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Is NEST best?


Back-slapping all round NEST launched its third Insight into the state of the UK auto-enrolment project yesterday. This was a land grab for AE glory. At the front of the pack was Joanne Segars whose NAPF hosted the event. Hopefully … Continue reading

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Governance on parade – why we must show leadership.


From this year, insurance companies must create both internal and external controls to ensure they carry out the responsibilities they are taking on when helping us save and spend our pension pots. Yesterday afternoon I spent time with insurers and … Continue reading

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KAS Bank – where integrity and independence are absolute


Late last year, KAS Bank appointed Dr Chris Sier as its UK Managing Director. It was a statement of intent and taken so those of us who have hoped to see the scales fall in favour of the consumers of … Continue reading

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The next General Election cannot come soon enough! – guest blog from Ralph Frank


  The next General Election in the UK is scheduled for 7 May 2015. That date can’t come soon enough, bringing a little respite (if only temporarily) from what seems to be some sort of popularity contest between the Chancellor … Continue reading

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Let’s play fantasy CIO at NEST!


NEST has invited  all of us to play “fantasy CIO” and create a default investment strategy for its members to and through retirement. If you’re prepared to get to page 118 of the consultation paper, you are asked as question 18 … Continue reading

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The bondage of advice.


Is this what we call regulated advice? Yesterday I told a cautionary tale about a friend who came close to sacrificing 105% of 10 years projected growth on his pension pot in advice and management fees. He asked the question “how can this … Continue reading

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Separation


Can employers nudge staff into drawdown products? Should there be a degree of separation? If so – how can separation be achieved? Continue reading

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So much for the “haves”, what of the “have nots”?


It has now been well over a year since the OFT published this comment   Since this warning, not a lot has been done to improve the quality of purchasing by employers. The DWP is introducing legislation in April which will … Continue reading

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