Tag Archives: Germany

For you, my friend, drawdown is over- the chimera of freedom


This article is about collective pensions, it’s not technical, anyone can read it and – I hope- enjoy it. I wrote it after discussing pensions with my landlady at my Munich hotel. My friend Abraham has it in a nutshell. … Continue reading

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“Greeks bearing no gifts” -Eamonn O’Connor on the power of a “pair of two’s”.


My friend Eamonn O’Connor, who is busy setting up City Noble, had time to share this little nugget. Far too subtle for this blog and a pearl before the Plowman’s swine Eamonn! Plenty of posturing in Euroland at present:  the … Continue reading

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Performance enhancing rugs


News is coming in that Wayne Rooney has tested positive for a performance enhancing rug.  His magnificent header from all of 6 inches crowned another fab night’s footie in Ukrania. And this in a game that but for Capello’s pleading, our … Continue reading

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What will Europe do to our pensions?


Europe will, given half a chance, screw up our pensions. I don’t want that to happen. Well done Cameron for digging in your heels.

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What price certainty?


                                The cost of certainty changes in proportion to the amount of certainty. The more flexible your guarantee, the more it’s going to cost you. I … Continue reading

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The man from OECD says “guess”


It’s a sobering time for those involved in pensions policy and for those who are trying to advise companies and people in how to organises their finances to meet their retirement income needs. One thing people don’t want to do is guess. They … Continue reading

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You don’t make friends with salad


Now we know- I was right, my Mum was wrong and angry organomums at Sainsburys are terrorists. Continue reading

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The plan behind Munich Re’s corporate orgy


Gott und Himmell ve vill make their little winkels into frankfurters.
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Hotel stupid


The Hotel itself is clearly designed by bar-code or the information of people’s behjaviour that gan be gleaned from your Tesco card. Continue reading

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