Tag Archives: Insurance

“Just because you’ve built it”..Some home truths about robo-advice.


The problem with Alan and Gina Miller is they are right, and they say the things that the financial services industry don’t want to hear. Before the TTF was a gleam in our eye , they were proving we were … Continue reading

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May be!


  Well it was nothing if not “brutal”, though I expect that will be spun to “pragmatic”. The conservative party abandoned any further flirtations with democracy, closed ranks and appointed Teresa May as leader and – from tomorrow- Prime Minister. … Continue reading

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“TEEN-AGE kicks” – incentivising sensible spending in retirement


“A teenage dream’s so hard to beat.. Just say those words and I’m thinking  1978, radio under the pillow – John Peel show – 11pm. But I could relive the TEEN- AGE kicks in a few years time, if that … Continue reading

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The FCA gets serious on pension outcomes


The FCA has published its 2015 business plan http://fca.org.uk/static/channel-page/business-plan/business-plan-2015-16.html Part of the plan is to award itself a £35m increase in budget, meaning it expects to spend £482m of our money – making sure our money is well managed. Whether this … Continue reading

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Knowing the “money” in “value for money”.


At last we may get to know what we really pay for the management of our funds so we can work out it it’s worth it. Continue reading

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Why DB pension promises may need a credit rating.


How do you rate the creditworthiness of your scheme’s funding? Trustees of defined benefit schemes now have to properly assess the employer’s ability (and willingness) to fund the promises made to the members of the scheme. The assessment helps them in negotiations with the … Continue reading

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Money in auto-enrolment? – the jury’s out!


This morning and regularly over the next few weeks, I will be speaking at Money Marketing Auto-Enrolment invitational events around Britain. These are the slides that I will  be using   Advisers and auto enrolment from Henry Tapper It’s odd … Continue reading

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How challenging? We are IGC


I love it when you get “Pension News” from a lawyer. The latest gem comes from Pinsent Masons, who reveal that the FCA expects Independent Governance Committees to challenge insurance companies. This is what I call a “not news” story … Continue reading

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Preparing the pocket to pick; a great guest blog from Ralph Frank


  Multiple changes to the regulations governing the UK pensions landscape were announced in 2014. The most positive of these changes, in my opinion, related to the issues of transparency and governance. The ‘charges cap’ enjoyed the greatest prominence of … Continue reading

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Good news from the Regulators


          It has been an important week for the regulation of workplace pensions. Not only have the DWP published the rules that govern workplace pensions qualifying to be used for auto-enrolment, but the FCA  published – … Continue reading

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