Budget airlines: not quite so budget

I’ve recently been looking at booking a skiing trip. Firstly, I need to find a resort to ski in, and then I need to arrange how I’m going to get there. As I’m not that long out of university, I’ll be looking to travel as cheaply as possible! Naturally a budget airline fits the bill….

LDI Takeaways from the FCA Market Study

It would be difficult to write something at the moment without talking about the recently published FCA Asset Management Market Study. I have tried to pull out three key messages which I believe are of particular significance for LDI managers. Focus on client outcomes The core message from the FCA was that everyone should be…

Thoughts on Steel pensions

As published in Portfolio Institutional The evolving situation with the steel industry has interested me greatly; not only because I got married in Port Talbot, but also because the pension scheme is at the forefront of discussion. This has been most true in the last day or so where the discussion has been  around reducing…

Frustrated? Let’s get physical!

I recently watched this TED talk by Tim Harford on how frustration can foster creativity that made me think about regulation in pensions. In the first example Tim talks about Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett being frustrated with the piano he was forced to use in a concert in Köln in 1975. He was so angry…

Unintended consequences

Minimum of 8 characters and at least 3 of upper case, lower case, number, character and is not similar to any used in the last 12 months. One of many modern day frustrations is being confronted with this and realising that your “usual” password (or a variation of it) no longer fits the bill. If,…

It’s Not Fair

As you may have realised from some of our past analogies, we love anything transport related. So you can imagine our excitement at a corporate karting event. That was last night; this morning I find myself very grumpy having not made it through to the final after being “unfairly” rammed off the track (not to…