Category Archives: economics

When will they ever learn? (The CDO is back)


The FT reports (with its usual light touch ) that the collateralized debt obligation is back and being used by Global Pension Funds (and hedge funds) as an alternative to junk bonds. I question whether in its “authentic” (CLO) or … 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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What can men do to reduce gender pay inequality?


For a start they can stop “welcoming this discussion” and blathering other related clichés! If men welcomed a serious discussion on gender pay equality, we’d have been having them regularly since equal pay for both gender (for the same job) became … Continue reading

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Lifetime pricing – a broken model?


    Of all the orthodoxies within pension insurance, the concept of “lifetime pricing” is the most sacred. What Lifetime pricing means for an insurance company is the promise of a stable stream of profit from an insurance policy over … Continue reading

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Why pensions pinch your pay packet


We now know that we are unlikely to get a national pay rise for the rest of the decade. We are worse off in terms of wages than we were ten years ago. What we get paid matters and with … Continue reading

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Opt in to certainty


My partner has come up with a very simple way to improve DC. Her suggestion is this. Large DC plans simply set a level of pension they can afford to pay from the funds within the plan and this is … Continue reading

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How the banks try to f*ck us – and how we deal with them


It’s Sunday morning and I am reading a poem written around 1936 by Ezra Pound. It is about Usury , in this context the bad practice of the Medici Bank which Pound claimed screwed up the great artistic achievements of medieval … Continue reading

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The solid value of insurance


“The people I talk to full into one of two categories, either you’ve built up some money and want to hang onto it, or you are looking to .” That was our opening gambit when we met with prospects. I … Continue reading

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Whose risk is it anyway?


The Government wants us to think about pension risk sharing… To consider how much responsibility we can take for our own financial welfare when we’re really old. To consider what our employers can do to help And consider (which they talk of quietly)  … Continue reading

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End of an epoch?


This is an article by Con Keating, reproduced with his kind permission. It’s hard but it’s worth it- Con is the cleverest man in town. The demise of the Bretton Woods system in the 1970s was epoch-defining; it constituted a massive shift of … Continue reading

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