Category Archives: Personality

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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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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How IGCs help employers (and their advisers)


  If you read the terms of reference or Chair reports of the IGCs (and GAAs) , it’s the “member” on whom the work is focussed and for whom the reports are written. “Member” is short-hand for policy holder as in … Continue reading

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Should we by-pass “personality”?


  I once went to an interview at Goldman Sachs and sat in front of two successful guys (much younger than me). They picked up from my CV that in two of the previous four years I had been nominated … Continue reading

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The left needs steady (not raw) nerves!


Appalling behaviour from the bulk of the Parliamentary Labour Party I am not a socialist and I didn’t vote for Jeremy Corbyn. I am a Liberal Democrat , I believe in democracy and I want a strong opposition in Government … Continue reading

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Corbyn – Pietas and the Malcolm Tucker Litmus Test


I’ve been thinking about Jeremy Corbyn but I’ve had nothing to say, because I didn’t get what was going on and didn’t know how to divide hype from reality. Now I know the reality, 60% of the people who voted … Continue reading

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Can IFAs create their own profession?


James Walker  has published BWD’s assessment of the prospects for firms offering financial advice as their core product. He paints a picture of rising regulatory costs and sluggish growth prospects preventing IFA practices from employing the young blood to refresh it. Last … Continue reading

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The lady’s not for turning.


For reasons that weren’t particularly obvious , a random group crammed into a much too small committee room in the House of Lords on Wednesday night for a round table with the new pensions minister. It was a hot day that … Continue reading

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The year pensions became real again


  Pensions – real money Pension money is real money. It belongs to real people and is used to pay real bills, putting fuel into cars, buying flowers in supermarkets and paying for tickets to watch shows and sports matches. … Continue reading

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Tis’ the season to get merry! Pension Play Pen Parties tonight!


  Deck the halls with bells and Holly! Fancy a Carol this Christmas? BEHAVE! Holly and Carol have a particularly hard time at this time . They are decked and sung and  the butt of too many gags. All the best jobs go to … Continue reading

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