Category Archives: advice gap

Too late Chancellor – that ship has sailed!


  If I were a cynical editor looking for a story to focus on, I would look no further than speculation on the autumn statement. Yesterday the Telegraph floated a story, purportedly a leak from #10, that the Chancellor was … Continue reading

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Unlocking DC pricing; the key to getting value for money.


    The FCA are commission a template to discover undeclared investment costs in the funds we use. They have finally published PS17/30 which gives IGCs the right to use it in earnest. The DWP are working in tandem on … Continue reading

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Aren’t Employer and Union’s interests aligned at USS?


  Adrian Boulding has left a comment on yesterday’s blog that is rather better than the blog itself. As I am on the last day of my holiday in Paris, I will blog the comment and add a few thoughts … Continue reading

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It’s not “advice v guidance”; it’s “advice v selling”.


  I have in my hand a little A5 leaflet from the Pensions Advisory Service , entitled Advice and Guidance ; Recognising the difference. I will try to get an electronic link to it but for now you’ll have to … Continue reading

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New torment for investment consultants – Mike Foster.


  Mike is a senior consultant at Montfort Communications. Until recently he was assistant editor at Financial News and that journalistic pedigree shines through in this remarkable piece of writing. Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind … Continue reading

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Are bonds “suitable” assets to meet the promises of a pension plan?


    Pension funds are struggling to find suitable assets in which to invest, says Pat Race of KPMG in an article in FTfm. The headline of the article is that “North American Pension Funds grow assets faster than their … Continue reading

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Transparency as disinfectant


Wherever possible – organisations should aspire to be transparent in their dealings, sharing information with all stakeholders. Bank wins by being straight with customers Making information difficult to access causes problems. My friends at Quietroom tell the story of how, … Continue reading

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What future – if we cannot rely on universities in twenty years time?


When I wrote my blog yesterday, I had not read the USS consultation document which contains the basis of the triennial valuation it has just completed. I was writing “over” the FT article written by Jo Cumbo which (as usual) presented … Continue reading

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Don’t make the teachers pay


  I am  sad to read that “academics face a big rise in their pension payments”. That’s the headline in the FT and it may be true. Another set of spurious numbers? The University Superannuation Scheme has completed it’s three … Continue reading

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“Investment advisory fees up 14%” -why?


  Can someone explain what is meant by an investment advisory fee in this context? The report appears in Financial Planning Today which describes itself as the daily news website for Financial Planners, Paraplanners and Wealth Managers. The article doesn’t mention … Continue reading

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