Tag Archives: Private Equity

It’s time we tested the value we get for the charges we pay

If I had read the PLSA’s response to the DWP’s proposals to flex the pension charge cap, this time last year, I would have applauded it. I told the Pensions Minister to his (virtual) face that I saw no demand … Continue reading

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Illiquids in DC – now we are getting somewhere.

“We think this is a new bargain that can deliver better results for both pension savers and private equity managers,” @nestpensions – please make this happen! — Henry Tapper (@henryhtapper) April 5, 2021 Now we are getting somewhere. I’ve had … Continue reading

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A reluctant case for tinkering with the pension charge cap

General remarks about “tinkering” with the charge cap A good place to start one’s thinking on charges caps is by asking “what is being capped and why?”. Not all costs and charges are capped by the 2015 cap. Costs that … Continue reading

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God is on the side of the big batallions

  Many readers will have joined their first company with the promise of a “company pension”. If you can admit that was before the turn of the last century, that typically meant a promise of a wage for life in … Continue reading

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The conversion of the Pension Plowman

I had a bit of a ding-dong with Guy Opperman earlier in the year when I disagreed with him about getting illiquid investments into our workplace pension “Backing annuities – yes,  backing DB scheme pensions -yes, but shoe-horned into DC … Continue reading

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The risks “private funds” pose to UK’s workplace pensions.

The publication of a document form the American Securities and Exchange Commission into the activities of private equity and hedge funds (private funds)  came two days before the DWP called for evidence on the AE charge cap. You can read … Continue reading

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Cheating with your IRRs is like cheating at golf.

  Chris Flood of the Financial Times is again at odds with the Private Equity industry who he holds are fiddling their investment returns, confusing what they are saying investors get with what they actually get. This goes to the … Continue reading

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Private Equity Laid Bare (by the FT)

  Yesterday I wrote about Ludovik Phalippou’s report  “An Inconvenient Fact: Private Equity Returns & The Billionaire Factory”. My interest had been prompted by an article of Chris Sier’s  I’d re-published on my blog. It showed that 2/3 of the … Continue reading

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DC challenges the Private Equity billionaires

Robin Powell (the evidenced based investor) makes a bold claim. Ludovic Phalippou is a hero.   Who is Phalippou? Ludovic Phalippou is an economist who has written a paper detailing the workings of the Private Equity industry and how it … Continue reading

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What will Isio mean for pensions?

Over the weekend I saw a number of my pension contacts leaving KPMG and joining Isio. I couldn’t work out what Isio was until the FT ran an article about this new consultancy launching today. If I was in the … Continue reading

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