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Sailing the strait of Hormuz

While most readers were doing “proper subjects” like maths, I studied English for A level and studied the conceits of metaphysical poets. A conceit is an extended metaphor and tests how far an idea can be taken. Here’s a conceit. … Continue reading

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If we can’t measure CETV take up, how can we manage it?

There’s a well known phrase “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”. The Government can’t measure the extent of DB transfers and I conclude that they can’t govern the transfer process until they do.     Here’s the … Continue reading

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DIY Pension Diagnostics – (a data dream)

  Most of us know how hard it is to see a Doctor these days, and how easy it is to get medical help online. Most people I know will consult the internet rather before ringing the surgery. If only … Continue reading

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Will “sausage and chips” replace the Lamborghini?

As the initial euphoria of ‘never having to buy an annuity again’ wears off, the prospect of freedoms becomes less appealing Whether ‘sausage and chips’ or ‘chicken in the basket’, the ‘factory gating’ that has gone on in South Wales … Continue reading

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We need to learn to love the PPF more

Hilary Salt asks “rather than designing new DB superfunds, wouldn’t it be better to grow to appreciate and improve our existing superfund?” It must be frustrating for the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) when the public perception is that to end … Continue reading

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Unlocking DC pricing; the key to getting value for money.

    The FCA are commission a template to discover undeclared investment costs in the funds we use. They have finally published PS17/30 which gives IGCs the right to use it in earnest. The DWP are working in tandem on … Continue reading

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@ShareActionUK – so much with so little!

    t At the beginning of last week I went to the Institute of Directors to see various “think-tanks” congratulate each other on their thinking- typically carried out in plush Mayfair offices at the expense of a Foundation set … Continue reading

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Forever Young – final 3 – thanks for voting “Andy”!

Andy Young has done more than anyone else alive to better pensions in the UK. He deserves a lifetime achievement award for his work – so vote for him! Continue reading

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Should Scottish Widows IGC do its PR?

  Reading the Scottish Widows IGC report, I felt a little uncomfortable; it wasn’t until I read Professional Pensions that I understood why. Professional Pensions is properly reporting the party line , the IGC… “is encouraged by the provider’s “progress” … Continue reading

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Should we invest, when we’re in debt?

There’s a very good  BBC Martin Lewis Podcast on borrowing ; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04qhdsg We’ve always thought as Lewis as anti-debt (an advocate of “debt-free” living). The Podcast gives as an example a man who has moved to the country with his … Continue reading

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