Tag Archives: VFM

The time is right for pension price disclosure.


Last week I went to the FCA to discuss price disclosure with the Regulator. The time is right for people to understand what they pay to have their pension managed. I am one of the few people who gets information on … 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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The Prudential’s 2017 IGC Chair report


  The Prudential’s Lawrence Churchill has published the Prudential IGC’s Chair Statement (the first of the crop). You can read it here https://www.pru.co.uk/pdf/PRUAG5076_A.pdf. Last year, I reviewed this Statement and gave it the thumbs up, I’m going to give it … Continue reading

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Where next for “value for money”?


  Value for Money is the holy grail for the fiduciaries of workplace pensions. In this article I outline how the providers of workplace pensions are going about establishing value for money and looking at ways to improve things in … Continue reading

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Over-consulting ; not a victimless crime!


I was “distressed” to read of a new way of extracting fees from the sponsors of DC pensions, the value for money review/assessment. http://tinyurl.com/ju4ppnp Ok – I wasn’t distressed – I was cross! Value for Money is not as complicated … Continue reading

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Transaction costs- what Pension PlayPen has to say to the FCA


The FCA’s consultation paper on Transaction Costs and Charges is important and timely. It enables those who are governing our workplace pensions to do their job and makes sure that those who invest our money- do their’s. Here’s the response … Continue reading

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The IGCs must not slip into the pocket of their provider


I hear worrying reports of various IGCs meeting and pronouncing their tasks “too hard”. Phrases such as “I don’t know how this would play with my provider” have no place in an IGC’s lexicon but they are reported as littering these … Continue reading

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Is you trustee/IGC getting you value for money? (guest blog from Ralph Frank)


  The concept of ‘value’ has been exercising Trustee Boards (“TBs”) and Independent Governance Committees (“IGCs”) for some time.  TBs are required to evaluate “the extent to which the charges and transaction costs represent good value for members”.  Similarly, IGCs … Continue reading

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Don’t be passive; just because your tracking


  Most of us have our pensions invested in passive funds. I use a passive grammatical structure because we do not choose , our funds are chosen by others, hopefully with our best interests in mind. So the best we … Continue reading

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No value without trust- PPI on “value for money”


Yesterday , the Pensions Policy Institute  delivered its “Value for money in DC workplace pensions” paper. The report can be read or downloaded from this link The central thrust of which was that “value ” was undervalued and too much … Continue reading

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