Monthly Archives: November 2015

Why the Autumn Statement was so important for pensions

Last Thursday I pointed out how the introduction of a Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) could be the most significant statement on pensions that Osborne never made. Paul Lewis has blogged the details, follow his twitter timeline to see the Q&A … Continue reading

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What’s it like to support the worst team in the League?

Yesterday Yeovil Town lost again yesterday. This didn’t come as a surprise. As we sing to jubilant opposition supporters “you’re nothing special – we lose every week” In 2012 we were promoted through the play-offs In 2013 we were relegated … Continue reading

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“Not for profit” – a phrase fast losing any meaning!

Not for profit organisations – what good do they do? All year I have been speaking with institutes and associations from the ABI and IA through the PLSA and PMI to ICAEW, ICAS and ACCA . As soon as you start, you don’t … Continue reading

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Confirmation Bias: advice from Simon & Garfunkel

This is a blog from Paul Craven, the amazingly talented and disarmingly modest ex Goldman Sachs Banker cum behavioural scientist. This is such a wonderful piece of writing that I’d value it, even if I didn’t agree with it. But … Continue reading

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Social media – “everybody’s doing it – so let’s not do it at all!”

  I rode down to the Jumeirah Carlton Tower (no less) to speak at “Social Media for Marketing”, a sell-out conference which in headlines offered GUIDANCE, COMPLIANCE & FUTURE TRENDS At the risk of homogenising the other (excellent) speakers, this … Continue reading

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Creative Pension Trust? – don’t ask me!

  Industry gossip or genuine cause for concern? A number of conversations I had at yesterday’s Capacity Crunch conference at the Friends of Auto-Enrolment focussed on the febrile finances of  master trust arrangements. In particular, the arrangement between the trustees and … Continue reading

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4 months until…. Guest Blog from Ralph Frank

  The Chancellor of the Exchequer has confirmed that the Government will respond to the consultation into pension tax relief in the 2016 Budget.  The confirmation was set out in the 2015 Autumn Statement.  This same Statement set out Government’s … Continue reading

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Pothole follows member

At one moment, as I sneakily followed the autumn statement on twitter (while supposed to be doing strategy), I heard the Chancellor remark Over the next five years the Government will spend £250m to pay for pothole repairs This has … Continue reading

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How the autumn statement will effect pensions and pensioners

There were no big pension surprises in this autumn statement but the Chancellor managed to squeeze some savings from auto-enrolled workers and pensioners. All eyes now turn to the 2016 Budget where the Chancellor is expected to make an announcement … Continue reading

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“Good Governance – Bad Governance” – the Aberdeen Conference

I’ve been working hard so I gave myself the luxury yesterday of half a day off to find out about how good governance can help investors get more from their investments. Forget the swanky surroundings and the top-dollar grub, this … Continue reading

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