Category Archives: corporate governance

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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Heard of th’internet? Here’s Blockchain!


  You remember what it was like in the early nineties when we started learning how to use a mouse and send emails? Do you remember searching on Yahoo? Do you remember being told that one day we would buy … 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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Worries grow about workplace pension choice


The Berkshire Farmer spoke on the BBC’s world tonight last week. He is not alone in finding himself helpless in trying to choose a workplace pension. I find myself conflicted in arguing the case for informed choice as I run … Continue reading

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The inter web of trust


My father did his national service in the navy. I remember him telling me why those in the navy saluted with a closed palm and those in the army with an open palm. According to my  Dad, those in the … Continue reading

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Facing up to mental health


This article’s by our friends at Lockton. It’s on an important subject that impacts us all! I’m really pleased they’ve asked me to put it on this blog. It doesn’t surprise me that Nigel Wilson is pioneering work on this. Like … Continue reading

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Magic beans and “negative capability”


Negative capability describes the capacity of human beings to transcend and revise their contexts. If we dismiss it as “magic beans” we are committed to repeating the mistakes of the past – and- as we all know – that way is madness. Continue reading

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Wish us luck as we Pitch to be Britain’s top micro-employer!


  Today’s the day we pitch to be Britain’s top micro-enployer at the Paintworks in Bristol. We are one of 30 employers left in the competition, one of 20 actively trading- we have a 5% chance of winning! But that … Continue reading

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Young People and Pensions


This is a blog by Vivi Friedgut of @blackbullion; she is also responsible for the picture and its contents!   Pensions don’t make for the most thrilling conversations. Like verrucas, funerals or the dream you had last night, talking about … Continue reading

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