Tag Archives: Investment

If past performance doesn’t matter- what does?


Performance measurement is a deeply unpopular science. If there is one phrase that financial services has given to popular parlance it’s that “Past performance is no guide to the future” This worthy sentiment would ring hollow to the person transferring … Continue reading

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The curse of the transfer value!


There is a curse to having money that was bequeathed us by the later Chancellor. It is called “freedom” and it applies to the rights that  baby boomers have in final salary schemes. It’s not just those in their fifties, many … Continue reading

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Taking possession; how’s Workie performing ?


There’s an urban (pension) myth that it’s not until your pension is worth as much as your car that you take any notice of it. My car has been written off twice and has a scrap value of £1000 so … Continue reading

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Want to know about investment risk? Quietroom’s “difficult second video”!


The good people at Quietroom have come up with another classic. I have to admit to having a bit part – I was the idiot who they asked to edit their script – as if! I think it is a … Continue reading

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Cash beats shares for capital gains (but not for pensions).


Paul Lewis has produced a brilliant study that shows how the outcomes of investing a capital sum in cash would have been better than investing in shares over the past 21 years. Paul is right, the numbers do  not lie and … Continue reading

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Phoenix and its heroic IGC


Not a job for the boys Of all the duff jobs out there, being Chair of the Phoenix IGC must rank high in the pantheon. Phoenix is a shell company that over the years has acquired a number of life … Continue reading

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Standard Life’s IGC’s annual report; deceptively good!


The Standard Life Independent Governance Committee’s Chair, Rene Poisson, published his first annual report yesterday, you can read it here either in summary or in its full 40 pages. Most will read the summary but for those interested in product … Continue reading

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Good (and bad) news on investment fee disclosure!


The FT reports that the Investment Association has stated “we can see a way to build an underlying system, a common template, that will provide data tailored in a way that is suitable to both retail and institutional investors” That’s … Continue reading

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Why assume gains before they are earned? (guest blog by Ralph Frank)


  Downturns in financial markets have been known to trigger bouts of introspection.  Current markets seem to be no different in this regard.  Some investors have seen their carefully crafted plans blown off course, possibly not for the first time, … Continue reading

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What if? ……Investment reporting for the future…


What if….. when I opened Google Earth and ran the cursor over my home town/county/country , I could see Housing stock being built Brownfield sites being redeveloped Start ups igniting into action Listed companies adapting to a new cleaner  greener … Continue reading

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