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Penfold – a new workplace pension for the progressive employer?

Penfold has launched a workplace pension. In this blog, I argue that it looks an attractive proposition to young and progressive employers though it is not breaking much new ground in terms of investment, governance or administration. If I have … Continue reading

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Disclosures “contrary to the public interest”

As often happens , my conversations surrounding previous postings attract the attention of people better qualified to write the post. In this case Peter Drewienkiewicz, Chief Investment Officer at consultancy Redington. Here he is responding to a post of mine … Continue reading

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“Retire from work, not from a pay-cheque?” Will BlackRock offer a wage for life?

As DC retirement savings plans mature they present those who save, those who look after their savings and regulators with the same challenge- “how to turn pots to pensions”. The way in which different countries save for retirement is pretty … Continue reading

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Are L&G, State Street and BlackRock too dominant in workplace pensions?

The question has been bothering me for a while. While there are maverick allocations (Nest for instance use UBS for passive management), UK workplace pensions are dominated by the big three, who’s passive strategies are used by just about everybody … Continue reading

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Pension Plowman’s guide to 2020 IGC reports

This is a big year for IGCs. It is their fifth birthday, it’s the year when the FCA reviews their effectiveness and it’s the year of the pandemic, where providers and savers will be under maximum strain. Most of the … Continue reading

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Life’s a beach for the BlackRock IGC

It’s a sure fine of things to come when an IGC report is promoted by a stock photo. This couple appear on most of the IGC reports I have read, I suspect they were scammed out of their pension and … 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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Hats off to all workplace pension providers

  I’ve referred earlier this week to an excellent article by Kim North in Money Marketing in which she points to the ongoing work Scottish Widows have been doing on the participation of women in workplace pensions. In the same … Continue reading

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Why target date funds have been slow to catch on

with all the headwinds in the favour of TDFs and against Lifestyle it’s hard to see why insurers aren’t switching to TDFs Continue reading

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Ten sexy stats that drive pension firms wild!

But if you think your workforce special, you’ll want to get a whole of market quote. You wouldn’t insure your business assets or your liabilities any other way. Continue reading

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