Category Archives: London

(s)Carey pensions!


Thanks to Angie Brooks for bring to our attention a very disturbing matter relating to Carey Pensions. “Careys” will be known to those working in the early days of auto-enrolment for providing auto-enrolment shells into which various entrepreneurial fund managers … Continue reading

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Prudential RideLondon – we cyclists can behave!


  I spent Saturday in the saddle of a Boris Bike, rotating through the Cities of Westminster and London along with thousands of others. I saw one accident and didn’t hear one angry voice. Though we reduced in numbers as … Continue reading

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GARs – a simpler way out for insurers…


This blog offers insurers a simple way out of the problem they have with Guaranteed Annuity Rates- it means paying the reserved for value of the policy rather than the (lower) investment value of the contributions. By way of explanation.. … Continue reading

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Our parents’ houses.


property, downsizing, home, residence, sheltered housing, family, children, grandchildren Continue reading

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St Rumwold – we need another miracle!


The patron Saint of Cann and Melbury Abbas is St Rumbold (Rumwold), a curious Saint who only lived 3 days , dying after delivering a sermon on the Trinity while barely out of the womb. His memory was besmirched by fraudulent … Continue reading

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A tale of two Cities


      Have you ever turned up at a place and realised you shouldn’t be there – but stayed anyway just to see what it was like? That’s what happened to me yesterday. I went to an event about … Continue reading

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Fund management’s like a car-boot, you’ve got to know what you’re paying (and what you’re buying).


Fund management’s like a car-boot, you’ve got to know what you’re paying (and what you’re buying). Continue reading

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“Innovation – what innovation?” – Pension PlayPen confounded by DC investments


The 50th London Pension PlayPen lunch took place as ever at the Counting House (attendees listed below). At the opening show of hand six of us could see no great innovation happening in UK DC and three saw “potential” or … Continue reading

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Lou- it’s the beginning of a great adventure!


I wish you strength, good humour and fortitude and I hope you wish it back. Continue reading

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How Large Pension Schemes raise standards for all


One of the odd things (asymmetries) about pensions is that 90% of the attention is focussed on 10% of the schemes. The top 100 pension funds in Britain have more assets under management than the next 900 . And if … Continue reading

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