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CDC and the actuarial profession


  I am not an actuary, I work with actuaries and I work for an actuarial firm. I stand up for actuaries and I praise them where praise is due. Yesterday saw an attack on the actuarial profession on twitter … Continue reading

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Is the tide turning in favour of pensions?


As we reach the last few weeks of the year, I’ve been looking at the stories that are dominating the pension landscape and increasingly they are positive. Despite UK and global equity markets being down on the year, pensions are … Continue reading

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For the ripped-off steelworkers – today’s about doing it together!


This morning, around 15 Port Talbot steelworkers will make their way from Paddington to Westminster to meet MPs – keen to help them in their pension plight. They will be greeted at the Cromwell Gate by a lot of media … Continue reading

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The public debate on USS is elevated by King and Kay.


Exclamation: Master @JohnRalfe1! Mervyn King has now joined UCU and is spouting what you call “#USS #smokescreen and pure #UCU #bollocks“! Calling Bazooka @mikeotsuka and Plowman @henryhtapper https://t.co/OFuewk3ER7 — John Ralfebot (@Ralfebot) September 6, 2018 One of the joys of … Continue reading

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Stop scamming – by giving people better choice.


I’m a fan of Government intervening to stop scamming. It’s good that the FT on.ft.com/2P1VT5c  and BBC are reporting “SCAMSMART” the FCA’s new initiative to stop scamming. But this intervention has to be accompanied by positive action from the private sector. People … Continue reading

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University pensions! – Stay collective! Stay open!


Another good day for pensions! Yesterday was a good day for the collective pension scheme in Britain. I had breakfast at Cicero’s offices in the Old Bailey (not the courts). I was able to hear our Pensions Regulator talk openly about … Continue reading

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Johnson misses the point; CDC is for the common man


  I don’t know whether Michael Johnson is being obtuse or obstructive, but either way, his letter to the Financial Times, misses the point.    A small cabal of consultants to the pensions industry has been banging the collective defined … Continue reading

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What is CDC?


  I’ve had a couple of calls recently for a simple explanation of what CDC is and why it could be useful in Britain today. CDC is an abbreviation for Collective Defined Contribution. A CDC scheme is created by contributions … Continue reading

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Advisers should welcome a revival of the collective pension scheme


Financial advisers have never had it so good. The collapse of the DB market has led to the outflow of tens of billions of pounds into the wealth market,  the emergence of fund platforms has allowed them to demonstrate a … Continue reading

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Royal Mail CDC – proof of concept or the real deal?


I am always amazed at the churlishness of the pension industry towards innovation. Here’s John Lawson suggesting that the Royal Mail should be spending £400m a year to satisfy his curiosity. I’d quite like one or two schemes to try … Continue reading

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