Tag Archives: Financial services

GAD shows you can’t take “company” out of “company pensions” #TATA


So the mysterious volte face by the Government over the Tata Steel pensions rescue package is a mystery no more. The FT, led by super-snooper Jo Cumbo have unearthed the GAD submission to the DWP consultation on solutions to the … Continue reading

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What’s the point of disclosure if it never gets seen?


Jo Cumbo has been writing some interesting pieces ( https://www.ft.com/content/787ad06e-7e7b-11e6-bc52-0c7211ef3198)  on how what we need to know about our retirement savings can be delivered to us as we want it. We get our shopping or our meals to our door if … Continue reading

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Too Expensive to Keep? Is it time to break our promises to the baby boomers?


In a stunning lecture delivered without notes to a “senior” audience at the Oxford and Cambridge Club last night, Paul Johnson helped us ask these questions of ourselves. For his audience was by and large – precisely the entitled class … Continue reading

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My pension fund manager – reassuringly boring.


I’ve worked out what I want from the person who runs my pension fund – I want them to be busy doing nothing. That’s more or less what Martin Dietz is doing running the Legal and General Multi-Asset Fund which … Continue reading

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Double Bill; dashboard+transparency


  You wait a summer for the pension policy bus and then two come together! This morning’s the Treasury big reveal when they’ll be rolling out plans for the pension dashboard at Aviva’s Digital Garage in “trending Hoxton”. This afternoon’s the world’s … Continue reading

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We took the plunge, now we must swim


  I doubt if SoftBank had launched its take over bid for  ARM holdings today rather in the weeks following the referendum, it would have found life so easy. Recent comments from Theresa May suggest that Britain will, for the … Continue reading

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A tragic tale of a split pension.


    This is the sad story of how someone, intent on running her finances independently of her “ex”, destroyed her personal financial security. It relates to a former member of my family and I am desperately sorry for her, … Continue reading

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Plebicide and Suicide – Con Keating on post-Brexit pensions


In the post-Brexit period, I have listened to no fewer than three investment consultants advocating the immediate hedging of interest rate risk in our pension scheme “as the deficit is likely to blossom in the event of further quantitative easing”, … Continue reading

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A little bit of anarchy does you good


I’m grateful to my Swedish friend Per Andelius for finding this. Provenance has kindly been provided by readers (see comments). In game theory, the “price of anarchy” describes how individuals acting in their own self-interest within a larger system tend … Continue reading

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Your ten point checklist when choosing a pension


  The law says you have to choose a workplace pension for your auto-enrolment eligible staff. But it doesn’t say how! The Pensions Regulator’s website, while excellent on auto-enrolment compliance, is pretty hopeless in helping you choose a pension. So … Continue reading

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