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“Monkeys redundant” -Con Keating gives the IA a proper kicking

  The following blog is printed with the kind permission of Con Keating and relates to recent blogs on this site “the charges of the light brigade” and “searching for the Loch Ness Monster“ The strapline to the press release … Continue reading

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Probably the best administrator in the world

  I don’t mean to crow , but I’ve just had this email from Chris, the lad some call the office boy. Good Afternoon  I am trying to keep track of all my work and by doing this we have … Continue reading

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Quality Assurance from First Actuarial

  Sometime you need a job done well, for me it tends to start with water pouring through a light socket after someone left the bath-tap running upstairs! A lot of the time we’re called in to do some financial … Continue reading

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Getting to financial self-sufficiency

  I’m fascinating by the different ways in which people learn things -especially by the way that the internet has made it possible for people to become expert in quite difficult things in a very short time. Of course there … Continue reading

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Making the most of the £20bn small employers spend on DB – Guest blog from Hilary Salt

A simple shift in communications could ensure the £20bn employers spend on DB each year isn’t wasted Over the last decade we’ve seen the long march of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes from the sunny beaches of open schemes run by … Continue reading

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Why due diligence is soooooooo important!

  Yesterday I wrote about pension charges and the difference between poor practice and malpractice . At some point the value for money swing-ometre  tips into rip-off territory and it’s almost always when those managing its costs of a scheme, stop acting … Continue reading

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Top 6 blunders of Scheme Actuaries – guest blog from Hilary Salt

The rarefied world of pension scheme actuaries often seems strangely disconnected from that inhabited by other professionals. But I’ve been struck recently by the overlap between criticisms made of other professionals and some of my own concerns about the actuarial … Continue reading

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First Actuarial party ; the photos you wish I’d deleted

“Judge advisers by advice , love them for their parties” That’s what I say, or would say if it weren’t for the pain in my head from last night’s First Actuarial Party. Thanks to Angela Sutherland and all our friends … Continue reading

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It’s only human nature after all!

  It’s natural for us to crave money but we are not natural money saving experts. Debate has raged on this blog and on the Pension Play Pen group pages as to whether Pensions Wise is doomed along with the … Continue reading

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Grown up brands

How does a brand develop gravitas? Almost all internet start-ups set out to disrupt and this disruption starts with the brand. From the fore-runner Egg to the much advertised Nutmeg, we are asked to think of the brand as something … Continue reading

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