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Is the mood music on DB transfers changing?


The irrational exuberance that characterised the FT’s pension transfer seminar in the spring may have marked a high-water mark in the rush to liberate. Martin Woolf and Merryn Somerset-Webb urged us to take our pension in our own hands (or … Continue reading

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John Kay – practical solutions to the FCA’s problems – please!


Passive management must be valued In a lukewarm response to the FCA’s Asset Management Market study, John Kaye comments.  Greater transparency of charges will do little harm, but will also make little difference. Those customers who do focus on price … Continue reading

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A make or break week for UK investors


Are fund managers the new bankers? If you’ve read the excellent  (draft) FCA Asset Management Market Study, you’d be forgiven to think they were – (and that investment consultants were their knowing flunkies). The question now is how far the FCA … Continue reading

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Get us baby-boomers back to work!


  The photo is of two college friends who had a full page splash in this weekend’s Sunday Times. Alison, was born a few days before me and we were at College together, Matthew met her at Mckinsey in the … Continue reading

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Why we’re forever blowing (transfer) bubbles!


    It’s a shame that Alistair Cunningham’s thought-piece on behavioural bias’ encouraging herds of us to “cash-out” our DB pensions, is behind a pay-wall. If you are an FT subscriber you can use the link at the end of … Continue reading

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Don’t blame pensions for corporate mismanagement


The FT has come up with some excellent research on why pensions find their way into the Pension Protection Fund. It has discovered that a substantial proportion of the so-called “pension failures” over the past ten years, resulted from sale … Continue reading

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Are defaults enough? Or do we need compulsion?


  Well I’m back from 10 days in India where I saw the very rich and the very poor but not much in the middle. I saw some very fine architecture which showed me what can be done when people … Continue reading

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Is there a”pensions opposition”? Thoughts on #TUCpensions


I wasn’t at the TUC Conference, having a Conservative membership has closed a few doors and I didn’t want to make some awkward by insisting. My colleague Hilary Salt spoke and the event was capably relayed by Josephine Cumbo and others. … Continue reading

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Is there a propoganda war against active funds?


    The tweet set the scene. Funds Fanatic had complained that the FT were reporting the HL numbers disparagingly. Certainly the FCA would agree with the FT that more Hargreaves Lansdowne investors should be using passive funds. Funds Fanatic is the … Continue reading

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Insuring too much for living too long


I went to an interesting debate this morning about the DB deficit crisis (what crisis?). A number of interesting things emerged, such as a statement that a pension scheme cannot get a real return on its investments. I looked at … Continue reading

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