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Yesterday, all my troubles…

In response to observations that the FSA stood by and did nothing (except fritter away our money on a multi-tude of other, mostly spur-ious, things) about all the warnings it was being given about potentially toxic self-cert mortgages, Jon Pain of the FSA is quoted as having said that the regul-ator does not want to “fight yesterday’s wars”.

Well, pardon me all to hell, Mr Pain, but isn’t that exactly what your organisation regularly imposes on the industry year after year with a succession of hindsight reviews of things that the FSA or its predec-essors are supposed to have regulated at the time but manifestly failed to?

The pension review, the split-cap investment trusts review, the mortgage- related endowments review, the MPPI review and now the pension switching review are five examples.

Yet, when the boot is on the other foot and the FSA is found to have failed to do what it has been hand-somely funded to do, the response is that you don’t want to “fight yesterday’s wars”. Neither do we. But, of course, when it comes to calling the FSA to account, it is always different, isn’t it?

Julian Stevens

Harvest IFM



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What price (more) freedoms?

George Osborne will make his last Budget speech of the current parliamentary term this week, and the early media briefings suggest that pensions will again feature heavily in that statement. So what are we able to learn from the weekend’s coverage?


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There are 2 comments at the moment, we would love to hear your opinion too.

  1. Yesterday, all my troubles…
    I 150% agree. But why the hyphens?

  2. Make them pay
    No longstop for the F pack nor it’s staff, especially directors. How about the F-pack leading from the front and waiving THEIR Human Rights to a 15 year longstop for their own professional negligence?

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