Tag Archives: Investment

Simplifying pensions with AgeWage


A number of people have asked about “AgeWage”, so I thought to write an article introducing it and why I and our management team are so excited about what it will do. A good business plan should start with a … Continue reading

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Investing can now be “free” – here’s how.


I was sitting in a room of a leading asset manager yesterday listening to the yada yada. I’d needlessly put myself under a non-disclosure agreement but it was clear that there was no real news, so I thought I’d mention … Continue reading

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CMA investment probe shock; the big three breathe again!


It shows the distance between the consumer and the investment consultant that all but a handful of readers will know what this headline refers to. To the general public, the Competition and Markets Authority’s probe into the opaque world of … Continue reading

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We need to simplify our pension affairs


We are told that pensions are complex. We are told that we need advice to manage our retirement finances. We are warned hat we could be scammed if we don’t. Is it any wonder that people look at their retirement … Continue reading

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How we get our pension pots invested responsibly.


Victoria Derbyshire’s father taught her when she made contributed to a pension, she wasn’t saving but “spending on her retirement”. The distinction is helpful in differentiating a risk-driven action- “saving” from one that promises deferred gratification- “spending”. For most people … Continue reading

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Investment aspects of CDC – Con Keating


One of the less discussed aspects of CDC is the management of the investment fund. This differs from traditional DC where the asset management objective is to maximise asset values at all times. It is intrinsically short-term. Incidentally this conflicts … Continue reading

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Life’s a beach for the BlackRock IGC


It’s a sure fine of things to come when an IGC report is promoted by a stock photo. This couple appear on most of the IGC reports I have read, I suspect they were scammed out of their pension and … Continue reading

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What I’ll ask the Pensions Minister today (if I can find him).


Calling Guy Opperman MP,  Minister for pensions and inclusion, “are you out there?” I’m on my way up to Manchester clutching an email from your office saying you want to meet me, I will be at (y)our conference for the … Continue reading

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Time for the master-trusts to show their investment mettle.


I have a problem with the accountability of master trusts for their investment outcomes. To my knowledge, only NEST (in Mark Fawcett) has an appointed individual responsible for the member’s investment outcomes. Other master trusts may have internal accountabilities, but … Continue reading

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Why save more unless we’re told how we’ve done so far?


I am very excited. I’m excited because I am at last seeing a way to get information on pensions to the people to whom it matters, ordinary people including the small employers who have currently little access beyond that they … Continue reading

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