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It’s time to consider compulsion

30 June 2014

In the somewhat dry and technical world of pensions it is a good week when life is enlivened by two parties expressing equally strong yet opposing views on a particular topic. The most entertaining aspect of the government’s unveiling of its Pensions Bill last week was face-off between two of the UK’s biggest investment consultancy firms…

An uncertain future for fund management

23 June 2014

Last week KPMG issued a report on the asset management industry declaring the number of global players would halve by 2030. Forecasting the size of an industry to decrease by 50% is certainly a headline-grabbing prediction but that was not the only interesting insight contained in the 80-page report. This sentence in particular grabbed my…

Time for a cohesive pensions policy

16 June 2014

It’s inevitable coalition government policy will be a Frankenstein monster – ideas from different parties are stitched together to form a whole. And then politicians cross their fingers and hope it will be cohesive enough to lumber through to the next election without collapsing into a pile of disparate body parts. Up until recently, it…

Not this form of collectivism

04 June 2014

A collective defined contribution scheme, which pools together assets from multiple companies,  has much to recommend it. It’s no longer effective for many companies to set up their own DC schemes – it requires too great a commitment from the executive team. In addition to saving management time, collective schemes can do things than it’s much…