Tag Archives: Tom McPhail

“Is it worth planning when the future’s so uncertain?”


Today is NEST Insight day;  it’s also TTF symposium day.  So I’ll be cycling from the City to the South Bank like Mark Cavendish (pre-crash). At the TTF event, Beccy Young and Robert Finer will be presenting the FCA Asset Management Market Study … Continue reading

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Hargreaves versus the “vanilla solution”.


  I was amused when opening Linked in this morning to find a pension leads salesman offering “clients who had got compensated for fault SIPP investment and were looking to adviser to provide them with a “vanilla solution”. Just what … Continue reading

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“Vantage is value” – but relative to what? Hargreaves Lansdown’s IGC report


I’m pleased that after a really poor first IGC report, the Hargreaves Lansdown IGC have taken producing their 2017 report, more seriously. A smooth operator If there was such a thing as a premium workplace pension, the Hargreaves Lansdown (HL) … Continue reading

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Why it should always be cheapest to buy pension from the state


Much as I like Tom McPhail, his current campaign against the Government for selling rights to the state pension cheaper than rights to private pensions is fatuous. Tom has it in his head that the Government Actuary is setting the … Continue reading

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Help is on its way.


For Britain’s flummoxed pensioners- help is on its way! Continue reading

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The fine line between “patronising” and “paternal”.


Last week Tom Mcphail (Hargreaves Lansdown) had a go at Teresa Fritz (financial Services Consumer Council and MAS) about the need for advice. You’d expect the two to clash, FSCS and MAS are not much loved by advisers who see it as an incompetent … Continue reading

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Bothered about your pension wealth?


In the past few days I’ve had some fruity exchanges with Tom McPhail of Hargreaves Lansdowne about when people should start getting interested in managing their pension pot. Tom’s view is “as soon as savings begin, mine “when you can be bothered”. Hargreaves … Continue reading

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Vertical disintegration


14 of the largest insurer offering pension plans have agreed to publish the true costs of the funds they off to people buying the personal and company pensions they run. These funds sit on “platforms” which provide investment administration , keep … Continue reading

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The toxic transfer; be wary when aggregating pensions!


The DWP has published new statistics that support their contention that there is more economic value in the “pot follows member” model than the “aggregate to Supertrust” model. The NAPF have of course countered and have calculated that under the aggregator … Continue reading

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The new journalists


We’re gearing up for the conference season whether we be journalists, delegates or the majority of us who get the highlights pumped at us through the media. Politics, business and journalism regard October as blanked out and historically those who … Continue reading

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