Tag Archives: SJP

5 good reasons we have SJP

As readers of the Times know,  James Coney has been exposing St James’s Place as a high pressure sales outfit that rewards its “advisers” with diamond cufflinks, overseas conventions and a lot of money for bringing client’s money under SJP … Continue reading

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How contingent fees underpin SJP’s shareholder value.

The last two days have not been kind to St James Place, on Tuesday it was presented with the FCA’s CP19/25 and PS19/21 and yesterday it had to face the wrath of the market which marked its shares down 5% … Continue reading

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The good in gating.

  The wonder of the gating of the Woodford Equity Income Fund is that it happened in peacetime. There is no financial storm, the crisis is as random of the fall of Icarus in Breughel’s famous painting. There’s no doubt … Continue reading

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What does SJP “sacking” Woodford mean?

“HL removed Woodford from its Wealth 50 but did not force sell the funds as SJP has.” But this shows a fundamental misunderstanding of how SJP (costly restricted funds) and HL (costly self-select platform) work! https://t.co/6eQoSKNK0T — Alistair Cunningham (@Cunningham_UK) … Continue reading

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Herding , Woodford and platforms

Adam Norris , the genius behind much of Hargreaves Lansdown’s success told me how he switched money in bulk from Equitable Life onto the HL platform. He read the society’s rules and discovered that as an Equitable policyholder, he was … Continue reading

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Retail platforms – a boat worth missing?

I hadn’t realised until yesterday that the FCA has a SIPP and Platform team in the Retail Investment supervision department. For most of us , the idea that we are buying into a platform when we save into a pension … Continue reading

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Trustees and transfers

Jo Cumbo’s article in Pensions Expert on contingent charging takes a dim view of trustee behaviour to date. Her idea that advice to stay in a DB scheme could be paid for by docking the original pension has got some … Continue reading

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The “wonder” of wealth

As Dr Chris Sier entered the Corinthia Hotel on Wednesday, en route to a cup of tea with the AgeWage management team, he noticed a gentleman handing over his Bentley keys  to the doorman, with a fifty pound note as a tip . … Continue reading

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Do pension customers get value for money from financial advisers?

This is the last of eight blogs I’ve written in response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee’s inquiry into Pension Transparency. Today’s exam question is “Do pension customers get value for money from financial advisers?” and the quick answer … Continue reading

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SJP’s human shield

Will Robbins has followed up Elliot Smith’s brilliant expose of SJP’s fund profiteering by publishing the highlights of an interview with SJP’s front man – Chris Ralfe. I strongly recommend you read both pieces. What they reveal is the “ours by right” … Continue reading

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