Tag Archives: FCA

“Making workplace pensions work” – the Pension Regulator’s new approach


I’ve been on the Pensions Regulator’s stakeholder panel a couple of years and this gets me a ticket to their Annual Conference. I haven’t bought the new vision in previous years, but yesterday’s event, held in County Hall, pushed the … Continue reading

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The silent majority aren’t drawing down anything!


The proportion of full cash withdrawals and annuity plans sold with advice in the second half of 2017/18 fell to its lowest rate since the second half of 2015/16. This means that an increasing proportion of pots accessed through an … Continue reading

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CDC has cross-party support, it also needs cross-departmental support.


I was at a CDC Forum yesterday with people from the DWP and various pension experts, I can’t say who or what they said but suffice it to say that this was “large employer stuff”. Necessarily this is where the … Continue reading

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Sier and Agethangelou kick off Government pension transparency inquiry


Chris Sier (left) and Andy Agethangelou (right) are due to kick off the Work and Pensions Select Committee costs  transparency inquiry – giving oral evidence on 5th September. It’s fitting that the two will appear together, Chris Sier did a great … Continue reading

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“Smiling at delinquents”; how we prevail over fund ignorance and indolence


I had one of those moments just now, when a whole load of things came together and I saw the wood for the trees. My Eureka moment? I was reading an FCA document , the Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products … Continue reading

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Stop scamming – by giving people better choice.


I’m a fan of Government intervening to stop scamming. It’s good that the FT on.ft.com/2P1VT5c  and BBC are reporting “SCAMSMART” the FCA’s new initiative to stop scamming. But this intervention has to be accompanied by positive action from the private sector. People … Continue reading

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The problem with platforms (is that everyone loves them).


Platforms are a relatively new but significant and growing distribution channel. The platform service provider market has doubled since 2013 from £250bn to £500bnassets under administration (AUA). This growth in AUA has been driven by rising markets and increasing levels … Continue reading

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Should we be empowering consumers or regulating providers?


  Well we’re on to question three – all the proposed eight blogs  will be sent to WPC as our evidence – when I mean “our”- I mean mine – and the thoughts of anyone who cares to comment. So here’s this morning’s exam … Continue reading

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Workplace pensions – value for money?


  This is the second of eight blogs answering the questions set out in the Work and Pension Select’s inquiry into transparency in pensions. The idea is that this blog, together with comments from anyone who chooses, will go to … Continue reading

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Investing can now be “free” – here’s how.


I was sitting in a room of a leading asset manager yesterday listening to the yada yada. I’d needlessly put myself under a non-disclosure agreement but it was clear that there was no real news, so I thought I’d mention … Continue reading

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