Category Archives: advice gap

Latest; from COVID-19 Actuaries Response Group

The Covid19 Actuaries have taken to doing weekly round-ups. This one’s co-authored by Matt and Nicolas. Both have already published articles on here but Nicola gets the photo as she missed out last time (and because it’s an intriguing photo).Thanks … Continue reading

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Member support: beyond the trustee’s pay-grade?

  The Pensions Regulator and the FCA have delivered guidance on how those with charge of other people’s money, should behave at this time. I was particularly pleased to see the Pensions  Regulator’s guidance on administration. Pensions are, as far … Continue reading

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Phoenix – an IGC that continues to set standards with another good report

Phoenix IGC has published its 2019-20 Chair Statement.  To me this is the most important statement as Phoenix is responsible for administering the savings of most of Britain’s “legacy savings”. Although most of these legacy books don’t have much in … Continue reading

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How modelling helps us understand and deal with the pandemic.

Introduction Fighting this COVID-19 pandemic requires a good grasp on how the virus spreads, impacts health care demand and could be managed. This bulletin highlights some examples of how mathematical modelling has contributed to the understanding and intervention of this … Continue reading

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Suppression vs Mitigation. What’s this all about?

Introduction Put simply the community of nations is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by trying to implement a suppression strategy.  The UK government initially proposed an alternative mitigation strategy never before tried in any recorded history, but has now moved … Continue reading

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IGC reports “good to very good”- as L&G closes member helpline.

  L&G’s IGC has published its fifth report for savers ; here is the link  for the 2019-20 statement. March must have been a difficult month for Dermot Courtier , the L&G IGC.’s chair Clearly the report wanted to say … Continue reading

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Social distancing – UK is not like China!

A new paper “An international comparison of the second derivative of COVID-19 deaths after implementation of social distancing measures” has received some attention over the weekend. Perhaps because it was published by individuals from the same university, the paper has … Continue reading

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People’s Pension gets serious on small pots

The changes announced yesterday by People’s Pension and its parent B&CE are significant. It’s furloughing its sales team, battening down the hatches to new business It’s changing its charging structure, protecting itself against the ruinous impact of small deferred pots. … Continue reading

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Aussie actuary flies DC…

  I needed to travel to London. I began my preparations with a call to an airline that I hadn’t used before but that I was keen to try, given its appeal­ing advertising. “Wombat Airways, good morning, this is Margaret … Continue reading

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People approaching retirement face ‘financial emergency’ – Billy Burrows

Billy is a national treasure – this is the text of an article that first appeared in Money Marketing There is clearly a national state of emergency, but there is also a financial emergency for those approaching retirement with a … Continue reading

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