Archive for ‘Pensions’

“This is nice, wouldn’t it be good to retire somewhere like this?” No doubt this thought has crossed the mind of one or two of us while relaxing on holiday in some distant land. However, sadly, the financial realities of moving abroad to retire don’t always marry up with the dream. For those of you who picture a tranquil retirement overseas, ensuring that your finances…

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I’ve got form having a go at the Baby Boomer generation, the rock and roll generation that wanted to live fast and die young. Where the Baby boomer generation has gone chaos has tended to follow. They caused booms and bubbles in nappies, schools, housing and arguably the recent stock market booms and busts. But this. Well this takes the biscuit. In fact this takes…

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There is a wonderful Blackadder line that applies tonight. “You are a girl with as much talent for disguise as a giraffe in dark glasses trying to get into a ‘Polar Bears Only’ golf club.” Today George Osborne blew a dog whistle over tax cuts and you really have to be quite deaf not to hear it. But George, he’s a canny one. He dressed…

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Views in this article are those of the author alone and do not necessarily represent the view of Scottish Friendly. Links in this article will take you outside of Scottish Friendly’s website and Scottish Friendly do not take any responsibility for the content of these other websites. I’ve spent time in the past lambasting the chattering classes of the industry of which I am a…

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OK, OK, OK before Stan corrects me for starting off with a masculine reference, this could easily have been titled it’s a rich woman’s world but then how would I have forced in the obvious ABBA link. I think that following the budget’s non-event over pensions it’s time that I returned to one of my biggest gripes about the financial services industry. The question of using an…

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I’ve been doing some research on NEST before posting some detailed thoughts on why I think its going to face trouble and I stumbled upon an old article by myself from 2004. I think I was more surprised by the reference to Newt Gingrich back then seeing as he’s running for office again! Anyway I was taken, with the benefit of hindsight, with some of the predictions…

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OK first things first, before the comments section (if one existed) is littered with people correcting the title of this article. Of course, the actual phrase used was “Let them eat brioche” and it wasn’t, as often assumed, uttered by Marie Antoinette. It was in fact ascribed to a mythical princess by Jean-Jacque Rousseau whose major work The Social Contract is still highly relevant today. Still the…

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