Tag Archives: pensions

We took the plunge, now we must swim


  I doubt if SoftBank had launched its take over bid for  ARM holdings today rather in the weeks following the referendum, it would have found life so easy. Recent comments from Theresa May suggest that Britain will, for the … Continue reading

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Plebicide and Suicide – Con Keating on post-Brexit pensions


In the post-Brexit period, I have listened to no fewer than three investment consultants advocating the immediate hedging of interest rate risk in our pension scheme “as the deficit is likely to blossom in the event of further quantitative easing”, … Continue reading

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Brexit- good for people’s pensions. Pensions -worse for Brexit Britain.


Contrary to the received idea, Brexit and its aftershock, the Bank of England’s QE statement , has been good for the pension in people’s pocket. Ok, we don’t have pensions in our pocket- but if we’re simply valuing our pension … Continue reading

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A little bit of anarchy does you good


I’m grateful to my Swedish friend Per Andelius for finding this. Provenance has kindly been provided by readers (see comments). In game theory, the “price of anarchy” describes how individuals acting in their own self-interest within a larger system tend … Continue reading

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Very “interest”-ing


For millions of savers, the most important piece of financial news over the past few weeks has not been about the impact of bond yields on pension liabilities or their mortgage interest payments or the state of the stock market. … Continue reading

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“Retirees don’t know what to do” – NO SHIT SHERLOCK!


The BBC report… A minority of those aged 55 and over are withdrawing too much from their pension pots, the industry has warned. However, after the first full year since pension freedoms began, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) said … Continue reading

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Pension Transfer Offers – should you take yours?


  I urge you to listen this excellent podcast (skip to 1 minute to avoid the ad). It’s led by Jo Cumbo and has the thoughts of a couple of IFAs (who I don’t know). At 13 minutes long it … Continue reading

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Mark Carney v Barononess Altmann


In the Bank’s corner – Mark Carney In the Saver’s corner – Baroness Altmann Monetary policy is not helping ordinary people and low rates may be doing more harm than good Ordinary savers are being hung out to dry and … Continue reading

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Your ten point checklist when choosing a pension


  The law says you have to choose a workplace pension for your auto-enrolment eligible staff. But it doesn’t say how! The Pensions Regulator’s website, while excellent on auto-enrolment compliance, is pretty hopeless in helping you choose a pension. So … Continue reading

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“Monkeys redundant” -Con Keating gives the IA a proper kicking


  The following blog is printed with the kind permission of Con Keating and relates to recent blogs on this site “the charges of the light brigade” and “searching for the Loch Ness Monster“ The strapline to the press release … Continue reading

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