Absolute Nonsense

Jan 28, 2015 No Comments by
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Here’s a lot of nonsense about pensions. Automatic enrolment is half way through and success is pretty much in the bag. Nonsense. We’re about 5m people into a 10m target population, but we’ve got less than 50k employers staged, with over 1m to go. The challenge ahead is very different from that which has gone […]

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General Election 2015: Are we underestimating the underdogs?

Jan 27, 2015 2 Comments by
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There has been a lot of talk recently about the prospects for success of some of the UK’s smaller political parties in May’s General Election. UKIP has been on the up for a while now and had significant success in last year’s European Parliament elections, while support for the Green Party is at its highest […]

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Read, sweat, study, repeat.

Jan 26, 2015 7 Comments by
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I’m not much of a fan of this season known as Winter. For the past couple of years, I’ve been feeling the cold far more than usual. This is probably due to the loss of the natural insulation I used to possess; the government doesn’t warn you when they promote making healthy sugar swaps that […]

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Thinky Afro 2015

Jan 26, 2015 No Comments
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While the votes are being counted to establish who wins the first ever Thinky Afro, we thought we’d update you on this year’s competition. Once again we’ll be paying £1000 to the winner, but as its an election year, and the first UK election where social media will play such a big role, we’re looking […]

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Video Shops, Street Fighter and the 3 lessons of gaming innovation.

Jan 25, 2015 5 Comments
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Between the ages of thirteen and a half and fourteen and a half there was only one place, especially for geeky kids like me who lived in my particular part of East London, to spend their weekday lunchtimes… About a 10 minute walk away from my school was a ‘video shop’ Whilst the shelves were […]

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Do planners really plan?

Jan 23, 2015 No Comments
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That’s the question Mr Marmite, Paul Armson, asked today, provoking debate on twitter ranging from passionate agreement to questions about whether this article is just a cute sales ploy. You’re all adults. Probably. You decide. A first article from well known business consultant Simon Olive drew some analogies between running a successful business and running a […]

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Should The Majority Of Advisers STOP Calling Themselves ‘Financial Planners’?

Jan 22, 2015 4 Comments
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I believe the ‘Financial Planning’ community has a problem. It needs to get its act together, and fast. Here’s why… Towards the end of 2014 I did a fair number of speaking slots, many of which were on the IFP circuit. I’ve been showing a few slides lately from some research done in the US, that […]

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Thinky Afro Shortlist

Jan 20, 2015 3 Comments
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After far too much effort, here’s the shortlist for this years Thinky Afro competition. Plenty of writers to choose from across a variety of topics. Let us know who you like in the comments as we’ll be picking a winner very soon. Look out for news of this year’s competition. Dan Collins: What’s on your […]

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Lessons From The Football Pitch

Jan 20, 2015 No Comments
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It’s usually around this time that we reflect back on the year just gone and talk about what we’re going to change to be more successful going forward. Often though, our talk remains just that. Without action, it’s just words and twelve months on, we find ourselves in the same spot. I like to think […]

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