Tag Archives: Bonds

Are bonds “suitable” assets to meet the promises of a pension plan?


    Pension funds are struggling to find suitable assets in which to invest, says Pat Race of KPMG in an article in FTfm. The headline of the article is that “North American Pension Funds grow assets faster than their … Continue reading

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“Investment advisory fees up 14%” -why?


  Can someone explain what is meant by an investment advisory fee in this context? The report appears in Financial Planning Today which describes itself as the daily news website for Financial Planners, Paraplanners and Wealth Managers. The article doesn’t mention … Continue reading

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John Ralfe, Ros Altmann and the cost of central heating.


John Ralfe kindly promoted my article on the lack of diversity in the AE review. The AE review and the pension stitch up. https://t.co/8585n7hOEL via @henryhtapper is spot on — John Ralfe (@JohnRalfe1) February 11, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Responsible John By … Continue reading

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“Sunspots” (Con Keating)


Although not at this week’s Pension PlayPen lunch, Con asked for an account of the conversation; I mentioned that those in the room were pleased that schemes owning large amounts of index-linked gilts, had enjoyed bumper returns last year. It … Continue reading

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End of the road for LDI?


Thanks to those brave souls who braved “Southern”, the tube strike and filthy weather to attend yesterday’s lunch which asked “has LDI had its day?”. One answer to that question was clear, I learnt that the top performing asset class … Continue reading

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Cheer up this strike’n’ing Monday with good cheer at the Playpen lunch!


  For many of us, this will be the first working Monday since December 19th. Christmas and New Year holidays have immunised us against the Monday morning blues. So a return to work for Londoners that includes the ongoing disruption … Continue reading

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Is there really a “fail” at the Royal Mail?


  The Royal Mail is consulting with its staff on closing its final salary scheme to future accrual. This is a public consultation, the Royal Mail are putting it to their staff that an increase of pension contributions to 50% … Continue reading

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Buildings for the future -time to spend cheap money.


I am with Nigel Wilson on this “QE was designed by the rich for the rich; it drove up the price of assets rather than creating new ones and there has never been so much money available as today”, It’s … Continue reading

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Brexit- good for people’s pensions. Pensions -worse for Brexit Britain.


Contrary to the received idea, Brexit and its aftershock, the Bank of England’s QE statement , has been good for the pension in people’s pocket. Ok, we don’t have pensions in our pocket- but if we’re simply valuing our pension … Continue reading

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Cash beats shares for capital gains (but not for pensions).


Paul Lewis has produced a brilliant study that shows how the outcomes of investing a capital sum in cash would have been better than investing in shares over the past 21 years. Paul is right, the numbers do  not lie and … Continue reading

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