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Is the DB funding code any good? Ask sponsoring employers.

  It’s been a tough week for the Pensions Regulator. They came off second best at the WPF, both to the line of questioning from Stephen Timms, Nigel Mills and others, but also to the FCA who were able to … Continue reading

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Picking an IFA who’ll stay the course.

  My friend John Quinlivan is fond of asking me “capital or covenant?” He means me to answer whether my business case is  based on the weight of money I can call on , or my trust that I am … Continue reading

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“Assumptions are dangerous” – Bromwich on USS

Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS): A consultation for the 2020 Valuation[1] Some General Views Michael Bromwich [a] Assumptions are dangerous things to make, and like all dangerous things to make, bombs, for instance, or strawberry shortcake, if you make even the … Continue reading

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Could a Local Government Pension Scheme go bust? NO

  Well the answer “no” as has been explained to me by Colin Meech of Unison – who makes the following points; LA’s can not go bust in the way you suggest – they would be taken over by government … Continue reading

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“Of margins and men”. Were the City and Carillion ever friends?

Of all that is being said about the collapse of Carillon, the comment that remains with me is something said by Robin Ellison, in his capacity as   in an interview with IPE. The FCA is looking at asset management companies’ … Continue reading

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A message to USS members from Bill Galvin

  This message went to members of the University Superannuation Service pension scheme last week. It contains many of the message that this blog has tried to put over (rather better!). It also provides an answer to the question of … Continue reading

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Should we invest, when we’re in debt?

There’s a very good  BBC Martin Lewis Podcast on borrowing ; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04qhdsg We’ve always thought as Lewis as anti-debt (an advocate of “debt-free” living). The Podcast gives as an example a man who has moved to the country with his … Continue reading

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