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How was the Plowman’s vision? – 2012 #pensions predictions revisited

Here were our pension predictions from a year ago (you can read the full blog from December 2011- here) Artificially depressed interest rates drive up DB deficits and depress annuities but the pressure on life companies and pension schemes to adopt … Continue reading

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The Regulator Strikes Back – Barclays, fund platforms and the FSA

I quote some of an article by matthew.vincent@ft.com  which is quite brilliant (link here) – I won’t ever write this well! The Financial Times continues to provide the world’s best coverage of financial issues – thank goodness we live in a world … Continue reading

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Hose down RBS and Coutts before you put them on the forecourt.

There is a Coutts cash point in my high street – Eton High Street. It charges other bank’s customers for the privilege of using it. You can do that if you have the banking cachet that Coutts believes it has. Most … Continue reading

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10 infrastucture opportunities pension funds cannot ignore!

The Government has announced that it wants UK pension funds to invest in UK infrastructure. This week we saw a slice of Thames Water purchased by the Chinese. I live on the Thames and as dawn rises this morning I’m on “Junk Alert” on “the partially yellow river”. Continue reading

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The FSA should’ve picked on somebody its own size

It’s a feature of bullies that they pick upon the weak and harmless and avoid the toughs in the playground. So we shouldn’t be surprised that the FSA left RBS alone while hunting down IFAs for procedural offences. The big concern about … Continue reading

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