Category Archives: IGC

Winning and losing IGCs – class of 2017!


With (almost) all the known IGC reports in, it’s time to see how the reports of 2017 stacked up against 2016. Apologies that the links in the table don’t work, my formatting skills are poor and I’ve included the links … Continue reading

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Telford’s finest – the ReAssure 2017 IGC report


What UK Life insurer is based in Telford Shropshire? Answer – ReAssure And if you were in a workplace pension with Guardian, HSBC, Barclays Life, Alico and National Mutual, you are now one of their customers. They are the kind of pensions … Continue reading

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The BlackRock IGC outsources to KPMG


I’ve been waiting to review BlackRock’s IGC chair statements for a couple of weeks but all I could see was a link to a report marked “April 2016”. I carelessly pressed the link this morning to find a report marked April 2017.  … Continue reading

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“Vantage is value” – but relative to what? Hargreaves Lansdown’s IGC report


I’m pleased that after a really poor first IGC report, the Hargreaves Lansdown IGC have taken producing their 2017 report, more seriously. A smooth operator If there was such a thing as a premium workplace pension, the Hargreaves Lansdown (HL) … Continue reading

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Can pensions be more playful (please)!


  I’ve waded through a number of IGC chair reports this Easter weekend and a smile has seldom  been on my lips. With the exception of the Virgin Money report, I hardly felt I knew who I was talking to. Ironically, … Continue reading

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The Old Mutual IGC – “impotent and bed rid”


    Last year I was enthusiastic about the Old Mutual Wealth (OMW) IGC. I am afraid my enthusiasm has turned to world-weary scepticism that the IGC packs a punch sufficient to push much forward for the members of the various … Continue reading

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Fidelity – a cold fish of an IGC report.


Reading the Fidelity IGC report, I struggled to find the missing ingredient that would make me want to read the next one.  Reading it again, I think it may be “passion”. The report is stunningly correct, Fidelity is the only … Continue reading

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Phoenix and the Hare bear bunch!


Last year I gave the Phoenix IGC chair report three greens out of three- the only report to get a “clear round”. It doesn’t quite make the double this year, but this is another excellent report which should be required … Continue reading

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Activism over activity – we want effective asset management.


Reading the FCA’s Asset Management Market Study, you’d be tempted to give up on active asset management (to be frank you might to give up on investment funds altogether). Daniel Godfrey has a piece in the FT claiming that the … Continue reading

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Paul Trickett – a big thank you!


I understand that Paul Trickett is joining Aviva as a Director of the Life Company. Paul tells me he has resigned his posts as Chair of the Trustees of the Zurich  Staff Pension Scheme and of the L&G Master Trust. … Continue reading

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