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The enduring fascination of Piers Plowman

People who know me, wonder at why I call myself the Pension Plowman. I tried to explain why on a podcast with Nico and Darren and there are some blogs on here which touch on the matter. But I am … Continue reading

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Collaboration is not a dirty word (according to Cushon and Nest)

News reached us at the end of January that Cushon and Nest are in a joint search for asset management partners to develop new forestry investment strategies to address climate change pressures. We would also like to enjoy a planet … Continue reading

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Being British

I was driving along the M4 yesterday when i heard an explosion from the back of the car. A tyre had burst and my car wobbled nervously from the fast lane towards the hard shoulder. To my relief, a signpost to … Continue reading

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Easter Saturday – time for a little harrowing.

Easter breaks oddly this year. Having got itself into full on debating frenzy on Thursday , thoughts turn to the sombre events we commemorate on Good Friday. In the meantime, we wait. For pensions people, the wait is particularly potent … Continue reading

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The Vision of the Plowman

The “Vision of the Pension Plowman” is a bastardisation of the title of a 14th century english Poet (William Langland’s) great poem, “the Vision of Piers Plowman”. In this great book, the Plowman falls asleep by a stream and dreams … Continue reading

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“We grow old, we grow old” – a budget day blog

It’s budget day. I was asked to be a commentator on a budget briefing this afternoon but I’m not good on economics – more interested in nuts and bolts. All the same, it’s useful sometimes to stick your head up and … Continue reading

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Building an online community

  The Kings Men I am sitting on a misty Cotswold hill in utter tranquility. Only the pad of the keys breaks the silence. The morning is still and there is a prospect of a beautiful day. I am alone. … Continue reading

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The point of work’s to dream of doing nothing

The ongoing semantic squabble about how not to talk about “pensions” continues to preoccupy those advising on and providing pensions. Last night I was chatting with Ben Mulroney of Mallowstreet who complained that there was only so much that could be … Continue reading

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