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Double vision – a startling new blog from Ralph Frank


The latest Command Paper, ‘Better workplace pensions: Putting savers’ interests first’, has recently been published.  This Command Paper follows prior consultations by the Department for Work and Pensions (“DWP”) on charges, transparency and quality standards in workplace defined contribution pension … Continue reading

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Why I will accept your Linked In invitation!


  I came across this article on Linked In from a guy called Michael O’Donnell. It had the title “why I won’t accept your linked in invitation” which is odd, because the guy clearly will accept most people who reach … Continue reading

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Promoting a sharing society


I am struck by the power of sharing. The Friends of auto-enrolment has no money, no official sponsor (though the CIPP are doing a great job of standing behind us) and nothing more than a name with which to make … Continue reading

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A beginner’s guide to annuities


Annuities haven’t got a very good name at the moment. They are blamed for many problems which are not their fault. One problem with annuities is that most people don’t understand them! Another problem with annuities is that people have … Continue reading

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Fear of feedback


Everyone knows what social media does. For every blog there are comments, every forum has its threads, some twitter conversations last for weeks. It is the interaction between author and reader that makes it distinctive. The “Letter in the Times” … Continue reading

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So how am I preparing my finances for retirement?


  The question, I got asked the other days was what I was doing for myself – rather than what I’m telling others to do – as I prepare for retirement. In summary-I am adopting a wait and see strategy. … Continue reading

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Is an annuity an investment product? Perhaps not!


  I have been worrying about a presentation I have to deliver to an investment group on the value of annuities. I have long felt that annuities are a rubbish investment and UK annuities a particularly rubbish investment. My confidence … Continue reading

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Freddie Flintoff’s fabulous comeback; T20 Finals Day


The Blast Finals Day held at Edgbaston is the best value major sporting event of the summer. For £50 you can get a full 11 hours of cricket and a bunch of support acts including the magnificent Mascot Race, a … Continue reading

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Making a buyer’s market for pensions


Organisations such as Which have always charged a subscription for their research. Those prepared to pay a regular monthly amount built libraries of reports which help us purchase everything from groceries to credit cards. Which put its readers in control- … Continue reading

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The instructive tale of Freddy Flumper and Tony Lamborghini


As I didn’t dare hope, the Treasury continue down the pension reform fairway. Having hit a 325 yard drive into position A with their Budget reforms, they’ve hit a 275 yard second to the heart of the green with ‘uncrystallised … Continue reading

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