Tag Archives: Transparency

A battle won – not yet the war; FCA demands cost disclosure.


    I get worried by premature announcements of victory. The battle to get proper cost disclosure is a long one , hostilities commenced properly with the OFT report on workplace pensions in 2014. This reminded Government that we know … Continue reading

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Resistance is futile! The FCA give the bully boys their marching orders


                                                 For you Tommy zee war is over! So the investment consultants are to be marched off to Stalug Luft CMA, for prolonged interrogation and indefinite detainment. Happily I have no pretentions to be an investment consultant and so can … Continue reading

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Transparency as disinfectant


Wherever possible – organisations should aspire to be transparent in their dealings, sharing information with all stakeholders. Bank wins by being straight with customers Making information difficult to access causes problems. My friends at Quietroom tell the story of how, … Continue reading

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“Investment advisory fees up 14%” -why?


  Can someone explain what is meant by an investment advisory fee in this context? The report appears in Financial Planning Today which describes itself as the daily news website for Financial Planners, Paraplanners and Wealth Managers. The article doesn’t mention … Continue reading

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Britain leading the way (at last)


The balance of regulatory geo-politics has changed (did I really write that!) I guess most baby boomers like me grew up thinking that (at least in matters financial), Britain could look to America for progressive policy and practice. This is no … Continue reading

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Lifetime pricing – a broken model?


    Of all the orthodoxies within pension insurance, the concept of “lifetime pricing” is the most sacred. What Lifetime pricing means for an insurance company is the promise of a stable stream of profit from an insurance policy over … Continue reading

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Cost disclosure now! No more workplace pension NDAs!


Following Julius Pursaill’s excellent piece on value for money yesterday, I’m following up with some practical thoughts. The blog yesterday triggered a meeting with an IGC chair who probed me on the vfm scoring system that has been troubling me … Continue reading

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“What next!?” @NEST


Maybe it’s because I’m still in India and have been mysticised, but I cannot believe that NEST’s most recent announcement has not caused a major outcry. I am not talking about the shelving of NEST’s plan to be a provider … Continue reading

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People’s Pension admits undisclosed charge-hike.


Last week I published an article “Power to the People”, calling on People’s pension to tell their members what their asset managers were charging for stock lending on trustee’s assets. People’s Pension has responded with a comment on that blog. … Continue reading

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A triumph for “transparency” – the FCA’s Market Study


  “Where costs are less transparent, we have identified some specific examples where firms place less emphasis on controlling them” FCA Asset management Market Study 7.54 (p135) Yesterday I wrote about the savage treatment meeted out to Investment Consultants in the … Continue reading

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