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34 firms under investigation by FCA for non-disclosure of investment charges


    The Times are running this story as a result of a tip-off by professional charge-busters and founding members of the awkward squad SCM Direct. If you don’t know what SCM Direct is, that’s because you aren’t one of … Continue reading

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“Fund pays”. How platforms hide the bills till it’s too late.


I published a blog over the weekend , which is rather better for the comments it’s attracted. Indeed there’s an argument to read the comments and ignore the blog! The blog asked “what’s the point of platforms?”. I hadn’t expected … Continue reading

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Workplace pensions – who gives a flying feck what’s going on?


  Data or opinion? What’s the best measure of value? Most investors when looking for evidence and would prefer to trust data. Opinion is now measured by “the crowd”, the wisdom of a great number of people is turned into data. … 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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“Ease of use” or “value for money”?


Paul Lewis, above all other financial journalists is the master of the 140 character tweet. Here is one of his very best, embedded in a conversation with Louise Cooper. The genius is in the “compete mainly on rhetoric and ease … Continue reading

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We do not need another consultation on costs and charges.


A report in Professional Pensions that we are to get yet another consultation on costs and charges fill me with gloom. As the report points out, we have two consultations on the subject – in progress. They follow an exhaustive call … Continue reading

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Is pressure building on financial services?


One test of populism will be the extent to which “populist” Governments take on the cost of saving and investing. We are used to “bank bashing”, they were the justifiable targets of public wrath for the savings and loans crisis, … Continue reading

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Transaction costs- what Pension PlayPen has to say to the FCA


The FCA’s consultation paper on Transaction Costs and Charges is important and timely. It enables those who are governing our workplace pensions to do their job and makes sure that those who invest our money- do their’s. Here’s the response … Continue reading

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People’s Pension admits undisclosed charge-hike.


Last week I published an article “Power to the People”, calling on People’s pension to tell their members what their asset managers were charging for stock lending on trustee’s assets. People’s Pension has responded with a comment on that blog. … Continue reading

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“Transaction cost disclosure in Workplace Pensions” – #FCA


  Most people now have a DC workplace pension and if you haven’t got one you’re either very lucky (as you’re accruing a defined benefit) or one of the 6m marginal employees who are reckoned to be “entitled”, “non-eligible” or … Continue reading

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