Category Archives: mallowstreet

Why I will accept your Linked In invitation!

  I came across this article on Linked In from a guy called Michael O’Donnell. It had the title “why I won’t accept your linked in invitation” which is odd, because the guy clearly will accept most people who reach … Continue reading

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The trusted word

This is the model for what we are doing with Pension PlayPen, an attempt to harness the energy and credibility of a linked in group, the probity of an actuarial practice and the needs of advisers, employers and regulators to see through a great endeavour, the wholesale adoption of funded workplace pensions into our business culture.
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You want a workplace pension for your staff? – delighted to help!

Mrs HR Dee Smallco Ltd. Sunny Uplands GB Dear Mrs Dee, Thanks for your enquiry. I can see you are sold on the idea of offering a workplace pension for your staff. You know you have to anyway, but I … Continue reading

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Collective pensions – what the industry thinks

Many thanks to the wondrous J Cumbo, the FT, mallowstreet (and uncle Tom Cobley) Continue reading

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From aubergines to Amazon- the unstoppable Vivi Friedgut

I had been hoping to make an Amazon bulk purchase of Vivi Friedgut’s book “Money Smarter- a Family Guide” but have been frustrated by the book’s  being virtually sold out. It’s turning into a phenomenon and is on the verge of breaking into Amazon’s top … Continue reading

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ABI finally comes clean on pension charges

Here, not before time, is the ABI’s capitulation in the face of pressure from Government, opposition, the NAPF and all right-thinking people in pensions. Special thanks go to Gregg and his team on the Labour pensions bench! The agreement is … Continue reading

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Do investment consultants need qualifications?

failure cannot be attributed to poor investment consultancy, more to an absence of investment consultancy where it matters Continue reading

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Diversification and speculation are different.

I have mentioned TOBAM on this blog before, but as @firstactuarial had the good sense to invite its CEO Yves Choueifaty  to their conference yesterday and he and his assistant Lauren were kind enough to fly from Paris to Manchester and take a train … Continue reading

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More cobblers from investment experts on DC pensions

I am afraid I have to report yet more moronic thinking from the investment community showing their  disconnect with the ways and means of everyday folk. Example one is from Lyxor, who used to be called Societe Generale until they screwed … Continue reading

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The public sector needs a low cost pension alternative

This blog is about public sector pensions and the problems that they will face with Auto-Enrolment. It will be of interest to people concerned with pension reform, fairness, inclusivity and with bringing DC up to the standards of DB. The question … Continue reading

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