Category Archives: advice gap

What’s the value for the risk I take (in my pensions)

  Guest blog from Rahul Agarwal   The problem we are trying to solve We start with the aim of creating universally applicable metrics which help understand the value people have got for their money and the likelihood of future … Continue reading

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COVID-19 actuaries bulletin (as the second wave hits)

  The Friday Report – Issue 22                                                                    … Continue reading

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Data in a dungeon

    I’m pleased that Guy Opperman came out fighting for the dashboard when he addressed the Society of Pension Professionals yesterday. He identified two central problems facing the consumer wanting to find out about their pensions. That their data … Continue reading

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Your DC pension scheme may be for the chop- here’s why

  Swimming is my new thing and I swim underground in a cave by St Pauls. As I swim along I ponder esoteric things like why the DWP are putting DC schemes with less than £100m in them – in … Continue reading

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Investing to secure defined outcomes

This is Stuart Fowler‘s first post on this blog. I am very pleased he is sharing this essay which focuses on the difficult challenge of investing for a pension. When I met the Chairman of the FCA I asked him if … Continue reading

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Why value for money must be assessed on saver’s data

The numbers in the boxes above  show how much value a group of savers have done with £523m invested in their pots. On the face of it, they have got a better return on average (4.75%) than if they’d been … Continue reading

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“Shape up or shape out” – DWP give small DC schemes one year’s notice

   It is not acceptable for savers to be enrolled in arrangements that do not deliver value in terms of costs, investment returns or secure and resilient governance. Government would expect trustees acting in the best interests of their members … Continue reading

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Weathering the Storm

Iain Clacher & Con Keating As part of our Funding Code research, we searched for academic or practitioner papers covering long-term expected returns forecasts. We were particularly interested in the ex post accuracy of these forecasts. We found none which … Continue reading

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Savers are denied the right to check their pension statements

Although it feels like winning, this has been a tough few weeks for me and my team as we struggle to get nearly 600 Data Requests sent to pension providers. These have been entrusted to us  via Letters of Authority … Continue reading

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Why I don’t support LCP and Royal London’s calls to boost DB transfer advice

  LCP and Royal London jointly presented to an audience of 300 industry professionals yesterday on the vexed topic of “helping members get transfer advice”. The webinar can be watched here  and as you’d expect from these organisations, this was … Continue reading

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