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The BlackRock IGC outsources to KPMG


I’ve been waiting to review BlackRock’s IGC chair statements for a couple of weeks but all I could see was a link to a report marked “April 2016”. I carelessly pressed the link this morning to find a report marked April 2017.  … Continue reading

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Don’t blame us punters for “unadvised drawdown”- give us an alternative!


  Back in 2014, in the lead up to the launch of the pension freedoms, I wrote a blog on the perils of unadvised drawdown. I predicted then , what we see today, a large number of people trying to … Continue reading

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Snap elections – people – and policy! #GE17


Snapping people The cost of a snap general election will be highest for the politicians, their advisers  and their families who lose their livelihoods on June 8th. It is tough on MPs, especially those who joined since the 5 year term … Continue reading

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“Vantage is value” – but relative to what? Hargreaves Lansdown’s IGC report


I’m pleased that after a really poor first IGC report, the Hargreaves Lansdown IGC have taken producing their 2017 report, more seriously. A smooth operator If there was such a thing as a premium workplace pension, the Hargreaves Lansdown (HL) … Continue reading

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Virgin Money IGC report;- now that’s the way to do it!


  Last year’s report from Virgin Money was the best I read and this year’s report looks like it might make it a notable double. The Virgin Stakeholder Pension comes under severe scrutiny The report does not pull its punches, … Continue reading

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Fidelity – a cold fish of an IGC report.


Reading the Fidelity IGC report, I struggled to find the missing ingredient that would make me want to read the next one.  Reading it again, I think it may be “passion”. The report is stunningly correct, Fidelity is the only … Continue reading

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Slow and steady – the Zurich IGC


Laurie Edmans, Zurich’s IGC chair is a laid-back man. It shows in the IGC report that is considered and unhurried. It is a very good read as a deliberation on value for money though it is rather short on action … Continue reading

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A time to be angry


  I got angry yesterday… I was on a conference call with a couple of lawyers arguing about the technical difference between a “duty of care” and the need to “act in good faith”. Apparently the semantics let an employer … Continue reading

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Ombudsman 1 – Freedom 0


It would seem that Mr T (neither of the A-team or of this blog) has been sent packing by the Pensions Ombudsman. Mr T sued Standard Life’s staff pension trustees to max-up his CETV. He did so using an online … Continue reading

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Full of sound and fury…Aegon’s 2017 IGC


  I hadn’t been aware that IGCs had been submitting their statements to win awards. But the first think I am taught about Aegon’s activities last year is that in 2016 the Aegon UK IGC was awarded the “Best Independent … Continue reading

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