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Alan Miller on price clustering among asset managers.


We recently published new research, backing up the recent FCA Asset Management Study findings regarding price clustering (i.e. cartel like pricing) within the UK fund management industry. SCM Direct analysed the non-index or tracker clean share classes of 683 funds … Continue reading

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Less than faithful stewards


Robin Powell is one of pension’s best investigative journalists. Here he reviews the day’s FCA press releases which suggest that despite prompting, asset managers continue to let their investors down. Another day, another piece of evidence that the UK asset managers … Continue reading

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Trouble at till …Tesco’s pricing problems are a lesson to us all!


Something’s wrong at Tesco when the offers you see on the shelves don’t show up on your bill. The BBC went shopping and  in 33 of 50 stores visited, multi-buy promotions were marked on the shelf, but the time-limited discounts were not … 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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Where next for “value for money”?


  Value for Money is the holy grail for the fiduciaries of workplace pensions. In this article I outline how the providers of workplace pensions are going about establishing value for money and looking at ways to improve things in … Continue reading

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FCA calls on advisers to take a fiduciary role on transfers.


The FCA has published a very scary note intended for advisers recommending transfers from Defined Benefit schemes . In its statement published on Tuesday, the FCA revealed further failings in the pension transfer advice market, the regulator said some advisors … Continue reading

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Why we have actively managed funds


The FCA’s Asset Market Study is written with certain corrective bias’ and it should not be taken as the last word on the active/passive debate. A central focus is on the allocation of savings, particularly long-term retirement savings, to active … Continue reading

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How we’re responding to the FCA’s Asset Market Study


Pension PlayPen response to the FCA Asset Management Market Study Interim Report (MS15/2.2) This response focusses on “proposed remedies” and how to make them effective. The aim of Pension PlayPen is to restore confidence in pensions, we see public confidence … Continue reading

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Let loose the dogs of law!


In this article, I argue that until those who manage funds and assets are held responsible to the end consumer we will not see effective enforcement of reforms. The central thrust of the FCA’s Asset Management Market Study (interim) is … Continue reading

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Likely market impact of the Pension Schemes Bill


  The Pension Schemes Bill  (the Bill) is expected to be enacted in 2017 and  focusses on protecting savers and maintaining confidence in pension savings. The pensions market has responded to the introduction of auto-enrolment  and has developed a new … Continue reading

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