Monthly Archives: November 2020

Simon Baynes – a great loss to pensions and to all who knew him

  We learned yesterday of the death of Simon Baynes, a pension trustee who was known, respected and liked by everyone I know. For a sense of the breadth of service Simon gave to pensions, the church and his community, … Continue reading

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“Sooner being better than perfect” a model for our times.

There’s a tremendous  post on social media from Tan Suee Chieh , president of the IFOA which outlines the principles that enabled Louis Gerstner to transform IBM. Gerstner Principles • Manage by principle, not process • Market driven (or membership … Continue reading

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“Something in the air” – aerosol transmission explored by C19-arg.

Aerosol Transmission            By Nicola Oliver and Beate Degan COVID-19 Actuaries Response Group – Learn. Share. Educate. Influence.                                      … Continue reading

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Tomorrow is a day of reckoning -DIES IRAE

Wednesday will be a day or reckoning – DIES IRAE, DIES ILLA, that day is a day of wrath. We have paid a high price for less productivity and less enjoyment. If there is such a thing as a lose-lose, … Continue reading

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CPI, RPI and CPIH – get up to speed pension people!

  I first published this blog in May 2017. Since then the Treasury has been consulting on the RPI/CPI/CPIH issues identified by the Royal Statistical Society. The result of that consultation is due anytime (most likely Wednesday 25th November). The … Continue reading

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The Regulator’s not for turning; in conversation with David Fairs,

  David Fairs and I were born within a couple of months and have both spent our careers in pensions. We enjoy each other’s company so when David suggested that we spent the last 90 minutes of the business week … Continue reading

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CDC works because DC and DB pensions don’t.

  My blog yesterday, praising Willis Towers Watson for having the courage of its convictions has received considerable attention, with comment generally being unfavorable , ranging from the politely skeptical Interesting stuff, Henry. The fact that you are happy with … Continue reading

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Is Salesman Simon a pension scammer? I think not!

Simon Eagle is not your common or garden pension salesman. He is a mild-mannered actuary with a mischievous smile and a stammer that he has bravely overcome. When he claims that CDC beats drawdown by 57%, we should listen up. … Continue reading

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C-19 actuaries Friday report strikes optimistic notes

                                          Covid-arg.com Friday Report: Issue 28 By Matt Fletcher, Dan Ryan and John Roberts COVID-19 Actuaries Response Group – Learn. … Continue reading

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Time to put a stop to the pseudo-science of life-styling

For 25 years, “life-styling” has been the accepted wisdom for defined contribution pension schemes in the UK. Pension experts now use the phrase without thought to the confusion of a public for whom lifestyle means something altogether different from the … Continue reading

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