Tag Archives: Zurich

Don’t pander to pension populism! Zurich big-wig hits out at “freedoms”


“I have no time for populism” , was the astonishing rebuttal of top Zurich Insurance shrink Stefan Kroepfl. Kroepfl, who is global head of life business analysis – is no lightweight, nor was the discussion that ensued at this Dutch … Continue reading

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Expel the corporates – our classrooms are for teaching!


  Here are two blogs , one from the CEO of TPAS and one from the head of strategic partnerships at  Zurich Insurance. The blogs occurred consecutively on my linked in stream Blog one can be found here Blog two … Continue reading

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IGC Class of 2018 – the results are in – this is how your Chair Report stacks up.


    So  here are my ratings for the principal IGC reports that I can find. There may be more reports skulking out there and I’ll be adding them if they get reported to me! As you can see, they … Continue reading

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Laugh, cry, applaud! Zurich’s IGC report is flawed – but a “must read”


I don’t know whether to laugh, applaud or cry when reading Zurich IGC reports and Laurie Edmans’ third report is no exception. Laugh – because of Laurie’s brutal honesty But from the members’ perspective, it does not matter whether the … Continue reading

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Taylor – the Full Monty or a stitch-up?


  I was asked to comment on the impact of the Taylor Report on Payroll at the Reward Autumn Update. Though I had been promised a script from Matthew Taylor himself, it never turned up – maybe I was stitched … Continue reading

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Zurich and Widows, a sensible marriage?


  I had better be careful here, my partner Stella is Group Pensions Director at Lloyds Banking Group and I am a Zurich pensioner and ex- head of sales of the Zurich workplace proposition. I have -as they say – … Continue reading

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Over 55 and still paying commission on your pension?!*!


It may surprise you, but I am still paying commission to Allied Dunbar on a pension I took out in 1986 and stopped paying into in 1989. That commission works out as a 3.5% pa charge on the units I … Continue reading

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Slow and steady – the Zurich IGC


Laurie Edmans, Zurich’s IGC chair is a laid-back man. It shows in the IGC report that is considered and unhurried. It is a very good read as a deliberation on value for money though it is rather short on action … Continue reading

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Paul Trickett – a big thank you!


I understand that Paul Trickett is joining Aviva as a Director of the Life Company. Paul tells me he has resigned his posts as Chair of the Trustees of the Zurich  Staff Pension Scheme and of the L&G Master Trust. … Continue reading

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And now for something completely different – Zurich’s IGC statement


Zurich’s IGC Chair Statement  was published 18th March, nearly three weeks before the publication of this blog. You can find it by going here https://www.zurich.co.uk/en/about-us/media-centre/life-news/2016/independent-governance-committee-publishes-its-first-report. Navigate through the press release and you get another page of corporate waffle https://www.zurich.co.uk/en/about-us/independent-governance-committee and finally at … Continue reading

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