Category Archives: Blogging

3000 blog posts up!


  At some point over the weekend I published my 3000th blog post. Time for celebration- no? Time for 500 words of reflection – yes! I think publishing stuff that might interest others is now an activity of daily living … Continue reading

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So what makes you so special?


It’s a tough question in any walk of life. There is always someone who will answer that question because they are, but most of us will find ourselves out when answering it. We’re not – and if we were all … Continue reading

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The”great Pension cash-in” needs a check out.


Jo Cumbo’s article on the “Great Pensions Cash-in” has been given promoted to the FT’s “Big Read” – so it should be. It’s a fine piece of work and it has a brilliant opening which I will quote because many … Continue reading

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Fund managers -Norma Cohen is still watching!


  The great British financial journalist Norma Cohen rarely publishes in the FT these days, when she does, it is to great effect. This week she published a quiet and thoughtful piece on the impact MIFID II is having on … Continue reading

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Why we are all regulators


A regulator is generally a device that maintains a designated characteristic in a system. In a financial sense, it ensures that the rules that govern our dealings are understood, maintained and enforced. We have regulation because we value a system … Continue reading

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Brexit not AExit


  Disruption of auto-enrolment happened way before the recent referendum and is set to continue as one of the many unintended consequences of a leave vote. The ambitious legislative reforms put in place by the coalition’s pension minister Steve Webb … Continue reading

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Will the transparency Zeitgeist pervade the FCA?


The Financial Times is reporting that the Association of Member Nominated  Trustees are ready to exercise muscle to get to the bottom of what we are paying for charges. This is really good news ; but before we get too … Continue reading

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“Why does the garbage man not understand his pension”- Tom Hibbard- KAS Bank


“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university” – Albert Einstein   This quote has really resonated with me of late as I find myself reading more and … Continue reading

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Crowd-sourcing a solution to the net-pay pension problem.


The people who are losing out on Government contributions into their workplace pensions because their schemes work on net pay rather than “relief at source” are oblivious of this problem, they serve coffee in Costa, work in nursing homes and … Continue reading

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Room 101 for BT Fon


Join me if you would like the appallingly intrusive BT Fon service banished to room 101. The ridiculous pay as you go service is like the unwanted guest who turns up uninvited at your every event. BT Fon sits on … Continue reading

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