Category Archives: actuaries

CDC and the actuarial profession


  I am not an actuary, I work with actuaries and I work for an actuarial firm. I stand up for actuaries and I praise them where praise is due. Yesterday saw an attack on the actuarial profession on twitter … Continue reading

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Is the tide turning in favour of pensions?


As we reach the last few weeks of the year, I’ve been looking at the stories that are dominating the pension landscape and increasingly they are positive. Despite UK and global equity markets being down on the year, pensions are … Continue reading

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How green is my workplace pension?


I hadn’t thought of Grant Thornton as thought leaders in pensions. On Friday I met with an old friend – Sandy Trust to talk about value for money. Well that’s what I thought we’d talk about- but Sandy –  canny … Continue reading

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The risks of partial disclosure


Look at this photo.   You might have thought that Ruston Smith had won a CDC award for Tesco. Certainly not the case! Now look at the full picture! Mark Scantlebury has won an award for Quietroom, partly for his … Continue reading

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Helping people understand their pensions


Last night I spoke to a group of potential investors about AgeWage, they were mainly senior doctors. I thinkthey got it. I hope that you will understand our vision for more understanding of pensions. Here are the slides Here is … Continue reading

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GMP equalisation – accounting issues – First Actuarial – webinar invite!


First Actuarial are able to explain this GMP equalisation thing and the implications for pension (and company) accounting. Having done a webinar or two with “Sam and Jingoe”- I’d say this will be time well spent! Here’s your invite! Our … Continue reading

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First Actuarial celebrates its special day


Once a year, everyone at First Actuarial comes together in one place to work and play for a day. This is the day. Most of us choose where we want to work and if we don’t like it, we go … Continue reading

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Investment for beginners?


Perhaps because I’m paying him to, my 20 year old is paying some attention to where his pension is being invested. I say “is”, but our first contribution to his workplace pension is awaiting his opt-in. Meanwhile he’s asking – … Continue reading

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“GMP equalisation” – will the geeks inherit the earth?


Few pension experts expect GMP equalisation to change people’s lives. The Daily Express’ headline “Millions of women to share pension windfall” is plain wrong. GMP equalisation can benefit men as well as women. The Express, reckon 8,000 out of 235,000 … Continue reading

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Financial Economics = Scorched Earth


John Kiff rolled his tank onto my lawn this morning. Well he can roll it off again and take his flamethrowers with him. For in the long march back from Moscow, Kiff, Ralfe & Co are doing their best to … Continue reading

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