Monthly Archives: August 2018

“The nastiest hardest problem…” Con Keating on pension drawdown

Con Keating is currently in hospital with a poorly foot. He is a caged tiger on the ward, but the surfeit of energy has been dispelled by his putting his mind to what Bill Sharpe called the nastiest hardest problem in … Continue reading

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Don’t de-risk too early – says Aon!

I nearly fell off my sofa on Lady Lucy!! While all I’ve been hearing from Aon’s fiduciary unit is the importance of locking down the pension scheme through Liability Driven Investment – fully implemented by Aon, here is the American … Continue reading

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By the time I get to Phoenix

Glen Campbell’s masterpiece is the musing of a man who has left his woman a note on the door – explaining he’s leaving. Each verse tracks his journey through Phoenix, Albuquerque and beyond and how he imagines she’ll wake up … Continue reading

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Are SIPPs just too complicated?

  News yesterday  that complaints about SIPPs (Self Invested Personal Pensions) are now upheld by the pension ombudsman more than any other financial product. The number of new complaints to the Financial Ombudsman Service concerning Sipps has nearly doubled in … Continue reading

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Are you the Trustee Chair of a DC pension scheme?

  Facing up to your new duties? If so, you’ll be aware that the DWP have been writing you rules (and the Pensions Regulator enforcing them). Since 2016 you have written an annual chair statement and you will now have to … Continue reading

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“Smiling at delinquents”; how we prevail over fund ignorance and indolence

I had one of those moments just now, when a whole load of things came together and I saw the wood for the trees. My Eureka moment? I was reading an FCA document , the Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products … Continue reading

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Fund managers that plead ignorance- display indolence.

    “Some 56% of defined contribution (DC) asset managers do not believe they will have transaction cost information in time for pension funds’ March year-end statements, according to Lane Clark & Peacock (LCP) research”. (Professional Pensions) Hiring an asset … Continue reading

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Who cares? And how do we pay them?

News that the Government is mulling a new Care ISA – to be funded from retirement savings will be greeted with joy within the bubble and indifference from the vase majority of people who do not plan for the consequences … Continue reading

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Let’s make “Legacy” a thing of the past.

It’s hard not to feel a twinge of sympathy for Richard Smith. Concur with that. Those working with the 6% don’t. Comments on my document haven’t gone down that well – then again, I wasn’t really expecting it to be … Continue reading

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Back in the bubble – how the pension industry feeds itself (but no-one else)

Looking back over the headlines in the trade press, I read a depressing litany of stories about the industry feeding itself. Aegon says it has deep pockets (to compensate financial advisers). It’s chief executive calls its life company (the once … Continue reading

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