Monthly Archives: November 2019

Ruston Smith takes staff retirement seriously

I was glad to see Ruston Smith sticking his neck out in the pages of REBA. as Chair of the Tesco Pension Fund, Ruston has always been prepared to go the extra mile and say the things his peers shy … Continue reading

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Put gallows humour apart – the Jingye deal looks good news for the north-east.

Jingye deal for British Steel expected to secure thousands of jobs — Stefan #Labour:ForTheManyNotTheFew #GTTO (@SZaitschenko) November 11, 2019 There ought to be some gallows humour up at Scunny this morning. After all, the issues British Steel has had, … Continue reading

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58 years young – the role of crusties in the workforce

I am male, stale and pale – a 58 year old crusty – past his sell by date and blocking young , ethnically diverse and female colleagues from achieving board level positions. Put like that , it is small wonder … Continue reading

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Why we can celebrate 74 years of peace

  Nobody wins wars, the only good thing that can come our of wars is peace and that is what we have  had  for 74 years. That should be celebrated as the lasting memorial of those who gave of themselves … Continue reading

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“Peace of mind” – the new commodity

“Peace of mind” is the new commodity that can be sold by anyone, anytime, anywhere – especially if  you are a financial adviser. It’s the talisman of “financial well-being”. Mercer Money has been designed to support better financial decision making … Continue reading

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So what’s this “tough new regulatory environment” for DB pensions?

  Next week I’m on holiday – but I’m not – because I’m doing loads of meetings and moderating a session at the DG DB pensions conference. What you have to do when you moderate these things is get all … Continue reading

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Sailing the strait of Hormuz

While most readers were doing “proper subjects” like maths, I studied English for A level and studied the conceits of metaphysical poets. A conceit is an extended metaphor and tests how far an idea can be taken. Here’s a conceit. … Continue reading

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“Degree-educated” most at risk from pension scams….

Higher-educated savers are more at risk of losing their pension to fraudsters than those without the qualification.  That’s what a survey of nearly 2000 people told the FCA and TPR 10% of those without a degree said they would accept … Continue reading

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Jo’s pension manifesto

Sometimes someone comes out with a simple statement that makes sense of all the noise. Jo Cumbo launched her pension manifesto in the pages of Pensions Expert this week and I don’t want them to be lost to readers of … Continue reading

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DWP – should the top topple when the spinning stops?

I can’t remember another occasion when a Government department was stopped from lying to the people it serves by a Government agency. But that is what happened yesterday. The fact is that the Advertising Standards Agency has banned four of the … Continue reading

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