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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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“Bill it to the fund”- why the TTF calls for full disclosure.


(Brief)case study I didn’t quite know what the smart gentleman meant when he offered me a drink in a first class carriage coming down from Manchester. “It’s ok – we’re billing to the fund”. Then it dawned on me, the … Continue reading

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Half a million savers let down by those they trust!


I am (once again) grateful to Jo Cumbo of the FT for her excellent reporting. Here is her summary of the latest state of the nation report on the progress of IGCs and Trustee Chairs overseeing our workplace pensions. You … Continue reading

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Pensions and the Media


We like to think that the media works well with the pension industry, but it’s a relationship based on our money, not on mutual respect. In this article I look at how the media really view pensions, concluding we have … Continue reading

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Good and bad news for Tata’s pension scheme


BSPS members down but not out The deal facing members of the British Steel Pension Schemes(BSPS)  isn’t great , but it’s a whole lot better than that predicted. What’s clear is that there won’t be much future accrual of defined … Continue reading

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Shouldn’t Pension Schemes CREATE jobs? #CIPD


News that ballooning pension deficits are hitting profits and leading to hiring freezes is both unwelcome and unacceptable. Pension schemes should be benefiting UK businesses, enabling them to retire those becoming less productive and hire the best new talent. But … Continue reading

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Con Keating responds to John Ralfe in FT letters


This is a letter published by Con Keating in the Financial Times. Sir, I am surprised that John Ralfe is baffled by my proposal for a more accurate evaluation of defined benefit pension liabilities (Letters, October 28). Not only have … Continue reading

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