Tag Archives: Hargreaves Lansdown

The good in gating.

  The wonder of the gating of the Woodford Equity Income Fund is that it happened in peacetime. There is no financial storm, the crisis is as random of the fall of Icarus in Breughel’s famous painting. There’s no doubt … Continue reading

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What does SJP “sacking” Woodford mean?

“HL removed Woodford from its Wealth 50 but did not force sell the funds as SJP has.” But this shows a fundamental misunderstanding of how SJP (costly restricted funds) and HL (costly self-select platform) work! https://t.co/6eQoSKNK0T — Alistair Cunningham (@Cunningham_UK) … Continue reading

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Herding , Woodford and platforms

Adam Norris , the genius behind much of Hargreaves Lansdown’s success told me how he switched money in bulk from Equitable Life onto the HL platform. He read the society’s rules and discovered that as an Equitable policyholder, he was … Continue reading

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From zero to hero – the Hargreaves Lansdown IGC report

Hargreaves Lansdown’s (HL) 2015 -16 IGC report was embarrassingly bad. I got cross that a successful funds platform didn’t put its back into independent governance. Hargreaves’ Vantage product (now HL Workplace Pension)  was at the time being widely promoted as … Continue reading

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The “wonder” of wealth

As Dr Chris Sier entered the Corinthia Hotel on Wednesday, en route to a cup of tea with the AgeWage management team, he noticed a gentleman handing over his Bentley keys  to the doorman, with a fifty pound note as a tip . … Continue reading

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The problem with platforms (is that everyone loves them).

Platforms are a relatively new but significant and growing distribution channel. The platform service provider market has doubled since 2013 from £250bn to £500bnassets under administration (AUA). This growth in AUA has been driven by rising markets and increasing levels … Continue reading

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How important is investment transparency to savers?

  This is the 5th of a series of eight blogs addressing the eight questions posed by the WPC. Today’s exam question is How important is investment transparency to savers? A short answer is ” a lot more important than most … Continue reading

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Must we remain in darkness about our retirement money?

  The two comments on this thread from David and Matt, show the two ways that pots could follow member. David’s solution is the solution that Hargreaves Lansdown want our Government to adopt. Matt points out that it could force … Continue reading

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AE Pots must follow workers (Hargreaves Lansdown’s right)

I have just read a policy paper in my hand from Hargreaves Lansdown;  “Putting Individuals at the Heart of the Pension System”. After some pretty dire submissions to the Work and Pensions Committee on CDC, I hadn’t thought to agree with … Continue reading

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SJP policyholders deserve an IGC. They have a great GAA – but that’s not enough!

St James Place is one of Britain’s largest financial institutions, it is a FTSE 100 company with 2017 revenues of over £9bn. It is therefore surprising that its exposure to workplace pensions is so limited that it does not need … Continue reading

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