Category Archives: redington

Pension PlayPen- Britain’s most innovative pension consultancy


  Dawid Konotey-Ahulu mailed me yesterday to tell me we’d been named Engaged Investor’s most innovative pension consultancy. It’s a mark of Dawid’s genorosity that he thought to contact me, even though the firm he started Redington had (along with … Continue reading

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I want my, I want my, I want my IGC…


We need our IGCs and we need them soon! Continue reading

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No win no fee – one way to clean up asset management


I met yesterday with a Swiss firm whose business is to reduce the investment costs for large investors (typically with €500m +). The model is simple, no retainer – they receive 50% of the savings from their work. They are a … Continue reading

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Don’t put your swaptions on the stage Mrs Redington!


This post has been prompted by the very progressive @redingtontweets feed which recently asked it’s excited readership (Well me!) Would you be interested in a lower return on your #DC#pension in exchange for a perpetual floor of 80% of your #asset value? … Continue reading

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Reformation The Mallowstreet Party


Vincent Franklin looked out from what used to be the roof of City Telephone Exchange. The Exchange (according to Con Keating) had walls fifteen metres thick and had been built to withstand a nuclear bomb. They’d pulled it down to … Continue reading

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Social entrepreneurs and pension leaders ; Robert and Dawid


Some talk about it, some tweet about it and some do it. Robert and Dawid, my friends who run Redington and Mallowstreet do all three! It’s one thing to muse on instigating best practice into pension scheme management, it’s another to … Continue reading

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Jimmy there’s still so much to be done


Harnessing the power of fun to get things done.

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Two and a half cheers for UK pensions


The other man’s grass is always greener or so it would seem if you work in the UK pension industry. Over the years we have got used to a succession of overseas dignitaries visiting our shores, speaking at our conferences and … Continue reading

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I’d trust a “contract” but not a “Fiduciary”


The terminology we use “fiduciary, instituional, custody” is not a language that prevails among lay trustees- it is the language of the legal and financial communities. “Fiduciary” in particular is a bad word, as an adjective it denotes “trust and confidence” but intimidates and alienates everyday people- too many vowells, too many syllables and not enough Anglo Saxon gutterality! It says “difficult, opaque and self-absorbed”.
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I outsourced my pension fund to a Fiduciary Manager (but didn’t know it)


I discovered I’d outsourced my personal pension fund to a Fiduciary Manager. So had all my colleagues, so had 90% of the 14,000 personal pension holders who are my clients and so had the trustees and sponsors of all the Schemes I’d been involved in at Zurich and Eagle Star Continue reading

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