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What price certainty? (Boring blog on annuities and drawdown)

In financial matters, certainty comes at a price. Is it a price that I’m prepared to pay? I’ve been putting myself in the shoes of a friend who is around the same age as me (57) and is hoping to … Continue reading

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Judge rules that people matter (shock)

What does that do to the buyout market? — andrew young (@glesgabrighton) August 19, 2019 Adrian is right, Andrew is barking up the wrong tree! The issue here is not “what does this mean for the bulk annuity market, but … Continue reading

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When advice sits behind a paywall.,,,

One of the many pleasures of it being summer is that I have time to contribute to newspapers. I searched myself on the Times website and found out I’ve been contributing to their articles at a rate of one a … Continue reading

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Transfers + workplace pensions;- RU64 2.0

Have a look at chapter 4 of CP 19-25   Ongoing conflicts of interest We are proposing strengthening our existing requirements that advisers giving pension transfer advice should consider an available workplace pension as a receiving scheme for a transfer … Continue reading

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The DC Trust – a pension appendix

The appendix Nobody knows exactly why we have an appendix, but removing it isn’t harmful. Appendicitis typically starts with a pain in the middle of your tummy (abdomen) that may come and go. (NHS inform). I feel much the same about … Continue reading

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One life – one retirement – two regulators

Yesterday’s Pension and Benefits UK conference kicked off with consecutive speech’s from TPR CEO Charles Counsell and the FCA’s Edwyn Schooling Latter. Counsell delivered a staid and unambitious rehearsal of tPR’s agenda and frankly I was bored. Schooling Latter spoke … Continue reading

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How proactive do we want the FCA?

We get the regulators we deserve. It’s no use us whingeing that we have a reactive regulator if we demand a free market without interventions. But when there is evidence of malfeasance, we demand our regulators are quick off the … Continue reading

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Time for us to get a grip on later life!

The FCA’s financial lives survey is now over two years old and due an update. This great piece of work was marshalled by Jo Hill who is now a Trustee at the Pensions Regulator. It is worth me reminding myself … Continue reading

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MPs call the conflicts of contingent charging

FCA under renewed pressure from MPs to ban contingent charging for #pensions advice https://t.co/ET5dOtTcKI — Josephine Cumbo (@JosephineCumbo) May 16, 2019 This is good news. The pressure on the FCA to ban contingent charging for pension advice must continue. Because … Continue reading

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Transparency bites the fund industry

From top to bottom of  financial intermediation cost disclosure is causing problems. UBS and Goldman Sachs have been fined eye-watering sums for failure to provide the right information for others to disclose to their clients. They are not alone. Those … Continue reading

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