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Listen to the guru

It would be difficult to overestimate the contribution of Stewart Ritchie to the debate over pensions in the last four decades as he announces his retirement from Aegon.

He has provided a principled and consistent critique of pension policy throughout some very difficult years. Among the pension gurus, he has stayed the course longer and arguably has had the most influence.

We hope for two things now – that Mr Ritchie continues to contribute to the debate and, perhaps even more important, if he does remain a voice in the pension debate, that he is listened to even more than previously.


Clarifications on court cases

I don’t want to be too precious about Nic Cicutti’s column in last week’s issue but I need to make some clarifications. Gareth Fatchett was not the solicitor of record for the Pickerings. They instructed counsel directly.

Chain reaction

The accelerating oil price and other raw material price increases have created a very difficult investment climate. Inflationary pressures are gathering momentum, yet global economic growth is declining, presenting a tricky dilemma for central banks. Unsurprisingly, most financial markets have struggled over recent months.

Protecting long-term savings from short-term policy

By Jamie Clark, Business Development Manager The pensions revolution is almost upon us. As with any revolution, there will be winners and losers. The winners in this case could presumably be the politicians that orchestrated pensions freedom and choice just before the general election. As for the losers, there may be many thousands of people […]


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