Tag Archives: VFM

The hidden costs of charges are pants!


Yesterday’s Moneybox with Lesley Curwen was a cracker. It brought together the voices of a number of investors together with the views of Michelle Cracknell, Chris Sier and Gina Miller. All were clear and interesting But the best contribution came … Continue reading

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Did I get “value for money” from my workplace pension


  Am I getting value for money from my workplace pension? is a different question to Did I get value for money from my workplace pension? the difference is more than one of present and past tense. The first question … Continue reading

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“No dash in dashboard!” (Paul Lewis)


I’m not sure about the provenance of his info (the link is broken) but Paul doesn’t tweet without good reason. This is important. Minister confirms what I wrote recently, the state pension – which is the biggest part of the … Continue reading

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How’s my pension done?


When you get that little envelope and you know it’s about your pension, that’s the question you’ll be asking.  Typically – you won’t get much of an answer from your pension illustration -even if it is the new type pioneered … Continue reading

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How GDPR helps us make sense of pensions!


Adrian Boulding has written an excellent article about the new cost and charges disclosures. I will quote only the conclusion and urge you read the rest of it here. Can we hope to obtain full investment charges data onto a … Continue reading

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Are you the Trustee Chair of a DC pension scheme?


  Facing up to your new duties? If so, you’ll be aware that the DWP have been writing you rules (and the Pensions Regulator enforcing them). Since 2016 you have written an annual chair statement and you will now have to … Continue reading

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“Smiling at delinquents”; how we prevail over fund ignorance and indolence


I had one of those moments just now, when a whole load of things came together and I saw the wood for the trees. My Eureka moment? I was reading an FCA document , the Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products … Continue reading

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Do IGC’s improve our value for money?


This is the 7th and penultimate blog , addressing the Work & Pensions Select Committee’s questions on pension transparency. This time the exam question is Are Independent Governance Committees effective in driving value for money? My short answer is that … Continue reading

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Higher costs – lower pay-outs? Fact or fiction.


This is the first of seven blogs I will write, that will by September 3rd, form my submission to the Work and Pension Select Committee’s inquiry into pension transparency. Today’s exam question is; Do higher-cost providers deliver higher performance, or simply … Continue reading

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We don’t just need a dashboard – we need a steering wheel!


Like everyone else, I think a dashboard to see my pension pots in a single place is a great idea. But building a dashboard is only a part of it. You can’t steer your car with a dashboard. 21st century … Continue reading

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