Tag Archives: Transparency

How important is investment transparency to savers?


  This is the 5th of a series of eight blogs addressing the eight questions posed by the WPC. Today’s exam question is How important is investment transparency to savers? A short answer is ” a lot more important than most … Continue reading

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Opacity pays! Shock revelation from Pension PlayPen lunch


In a top-secret pension playpen lunch – details of which have been leaked to the Pension Plowman –  key industry figures agreed that opacity pays! Despite the WPC call for responses to its transparency paper, the secretive group are understood to … Continue reading

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Roll out Transparency today!


  Today is a Transparency Task Force day and Andy Agethangelou and the transparent will be assembling at Pension Insurance Corporation from 9am. You can catch me on a CDC power panel at 4pm. I urge you to go- it … Continue reading

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Taking one for transparency!


My colleagues at First Actuarial will hate me for it – but I accepted an award from Mr Transparency – Andy Agethangelou, at the Transparency Task Force’s Auto-Enrolment event yesterday afternoon. The point was that 30 people got together with … Continue reading

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The DWP sticks to its guns on disclosure


Disclosure of costs, charges and investments in DC occupational pensions Government Response The DWP have fulfilled on their promise to provide a disclosure framework for occupational  DC pension schemes. From April 2019, anyone in a DC workplace pension will be … Continue reading

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Commission – the charge that dare not speak its name.


I feel like someone walking to a destination with a blindfold on, I am getting information from my phone but it is intermittent and there are many obstacles that I stumble over as I walk along. Thankfully, there are people … Continue reading

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“The belly of the beast” – Con Keating and the Investment Association


Con Keating is not everybody’s cup of tea, but he’s mine – especially when he’s after  transparency. This shows him with a timely warning to those who think leaving transparency in the hands of the Investment Association is a good … Continue reading

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L&G; a smooth operator with an open IGC


For an Independent Governance Committee to work, there must be a means for it to interact with its membership in a meaningful way. L&G – uniquely to my knowledge – offer policyholders of their workplace pension the opportunity to come to … Continue reading

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What I’ll ask the Pensions Minister today (if I can find him).


Calling Guy Opperman MP,  Minister for pensions and inclusion, “are you out there?” I’m on my way up to Manchester clutching an email from your office saying you want to meet me, I will be at (y)our conference for the … Continue reading

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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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