Category Archives: FCA

PensionBee stands up to the bullies at Aegon.


Let my people go This story begins with an interview between Adrian Grace, CEO of Aegon and Professional Adviser. Grace tells Laura Miller “The old world doesn’t work anymore. We believe that by agitating the market, there will be more … Continue reading

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“Probing” IFAs is not enough; we need simpler more transparent transfers.


  Allegations of “mis-selling” against IFAs are premature and unsubstantiated. My eye was caught last night by a linked in post by Andrew Warwick-Thompson, formerly of the Pensions Regulator. Here we go again. The personal pensions miss-selling scandal all over … Continue reading

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It’s not just IFAs that should be livid!


Here is the note I wrote when I read New Model Advisers report On why FSCS cannot determine its current levy (uncertainty over Strand Capital) On why FSCS has to unravel its past compensation (uncertainty over Arch Cru) Today (Jan … Continue reading

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Financial Regulators aren’t carved out of stone – they need a merry Christmas too!


Financial Regulation seems a brutal business, impersonal and intimidating. Necessarily, a degree of formality is needed in one’s conduct on both sides.  I would not feel comfortable at the FCA’s Christmas party nor they at mine. But that does not … Continue reading

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Following the money away


  There is a simple rule in investment matters, “if you can’t understand it, don’t invest in it”. Which is why the FCA stop people with limited investment understanding investing in compex financial products . It is why transparency matters, … Continue reading

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First Actuarial warns on knee-jerk reactions to the interest rate rise


With the Bank of England doubling interest rates, First Actuarial predicts a flurry of good and bad pension headlines, but warns of misguided optimism on funding and a rush for the door fuelled by pessimism about transfer values. Good news … Continue reading

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Three cheers for the FCA Asset Management Market Study


I  got to read MS15/2.3 last night. It was a good read. It’s long and detailed but it’s key findings and remedies are short enough to be listed here. There are the remedies that need a little more consultation;-  that … Continue reading

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How we’re responding to the FCA’s Asset Market Study


Pension PlayPen response to the FCA Asset Management Market Study Interim Report (MS15/2.2) This response focusses on “proposed remedies” and how to make them effective. The aim of Pension PlayPen is to restore confidence in pensions, we see public confidence … Continue reading

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Good retirement outcomes depend on collective solutions


The FCA have called for evidence on the likely success of our current “at retirement” strategy, this response is consistent with what this blog has been saying for some years, collective problems need collective solutions, the market is not enough, … 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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