Category Archives: consultant

A make or break week for UK investors


Are fund managers the new bankers? If you’ve read the excellent  (draft) FCA Asset Management Market Study, you’d be forgiven to think they were – (and that investment consultants were their knowing flunkies). The question now is how far the FCA … Continue reading

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Ignore “bad “; let’s big-up good asset management!


The asset management industry will get nowhere trying to defend bad practices. It should be celebrating its success stories. We have good active managers in this country and we have good passive managers, protecting bad practice among bad asset managers … Continue reading

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Tax-subsidies on retirement advice; a waste of public funds!


The Government intends to extend tax breaks on pensions to allow those with pension pots to use them to pay for advice. The details are in this consultation document. The fundamental premise is that taking financial advice on retirement matters … Continue reading

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Value for money from investment consultants


In this article I’m proposing that investment consultants are subject to the same degree of scrutiny as the other service suppliers to trustees. Investment consultants should be subject to a Value for Money assessment). This morning I will be hearing … Continue reading

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Making “PLSA” more than a name-change.


“What’s the point of disruption?” This is the kind of exam question that I’d love to answer. Just sit me down in some massive gymnasium with a pen and paper and I’d hand you back 2000 words an hour later which … Continue reading

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Why Corbynism is radical (and what it means for pensions)


The most tweeted action of Corbyn’s first 24 hours as Labour leader was to choose to go to a constituency engagement rather than go on the Andrew Marr show. For Labour apparatchnick schooled in two decades of Blairite PR and … Continue reading

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Measure 4 Measure (why we rate things)


A very curious article appeared on the NOW blog yesterday, I took exception to it and wrote to NOW to tell them. You can read the article here. It’s author, the excellent Martin Olive had clearly become frustrated with “rating … Continue reading

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Are workplace pensions “risk-free” to employers?


If you think workplace savings plans are “risk free” to employers – think again; “value for money” changes that Continue reading

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How far can guidance go?


Guidance Technology? I am interested by Guidance Technology, it is at the core of http://www.pensionplaypen.com. As we use it, Guidance Technology narrows down options available to people to a shortlist that is clearly differentiated. For an employer to choose the … Continue reading

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How to pay a consultant.


Why this is on my mind Today I’m speaking at a conference for pension consultants which is supposed to be exploring the opportunities for them and for their clients. Looking at their agenda, there is an obvious issue missing “how … Continue reading

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