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“Blindsided!”-investment consultants caught by FCA’s rabbit punch


Nobody saw it coming. I went to a conference of investment consultants earlier in the month, the FCA’s Market Review was not on the agenda of any of the day’s sessions. But the FCA’s proposal to make a MARKET INVESTIGATION REFERENCE … Continue reading

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What would you give the block chain to do?


Think about what you hate most. I bet work has a lot to do with it! The “toad work” as Philip Larkin used to call it! I would like to do an audit of the things I hate most at … Continue reading

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The Pension Dashboard – all dressed up with nowhere to go.


The number of pension providers who’ve paid to join the Government’s pension dashboard initiative has risen to 17. The initial pilot will be more complete because legacy pension providers like Phoenix have joined the hard core who offer new pensions … Continue reading

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Smoke and daggers (Con Keating on ”confusions and misunderstandings”)


This article was published in yesterday’s Professional Pensions and is published here in its entirety with the permission of Con Keating. A search on Con Keating will give up other articles on this topic to which this blog refers! Given … Continue reading

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Please don’t die-I was enjoying your annuity!


News that Government has finally put the Secondary Annuity Market down is no surprise. It was one of Steve Webb’s worst ideas and has proved about as popular as Osborne. Economically, the creation of a market in annuities is a … Continue reading

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My hour with Pension Wise (5 myths dispelled)


Pension Wise is in the news today as it is likely to form part of a new (yet to be named) single advisory organisation covering debt and pensions.  At a time of uncertainty, I can add some certainty, the Pension … Continue reading

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“Transaction cost disclosure in Workplace Pensions” – #FCA


  Most people now have a DC workplace pension and if you haven’t got one you’re either very lucky (as you’re accruing a defined benefit) or one of the 6m marginal employees who are reckoned to be “entitled”, “non-eligible” or … Continue reading

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Time to tell it to people straight?


There is no engineering miracle that will put Britain’s pensions back on track. Indeed many people have never been to the station. The guaranteed pensions that flourished at a time of high interest rates and commensurate growth in the stock market … Continue reading

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A sad year – when only Tories count.


I am going to the Conservative party conference, I am not going to the freak show in Liverpool and I don’t even know when the Liberals are convening. I have limited time on my hands to understand Government but I … Continue reading

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Would you work with a robot?


  Technology’s all very well till it bites you in the bum. Imagine  Beth, Sally, Fiz and Sean facing up to a robo-panty stitcher in Underworld. If you don’t watch Coronation Street – Underworld’s Weatherfield’s top employer – thoughtNetflix appears to … Continue reading

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