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Better hid.

a month ago at 11:32  by Henry Tapper
The trustees of NEST have been faced with a dilemma and it’s clear they have considered it and taken decisive inaction.

High yield: bullish or blinkered?

a month ago at 10:35  by Stefan Isaacs
I recently attended JP Morgan’s annual US high yield conference. It’s one of the best conferences around: well attended, and with more than 150 companies, panel discussions and specialist ...

More economic good news despite the Crimea crisis

a month ago at 10:33  by John Redwood
The market wobble over the Ukraine did not last long, as we hoped. It soon became apparent that there is no appetite in the US or the EU for a world war, and the west has decided not to send in ...

3 Ways to increase email open rates

a month ago at 11:55  by Graham Jones
Email opening rates have remained stubbornly low for several years now. Various studies over the past three or four years have shown that only around 21% of all email marketing messages get opened. ...

Honest research from Towers Watson on employer attitudes to workplace pensions

a month ago at 12:30  by Henry Tapper
I have a lot of respect for Towers Watson. They may be big but they have kept their integrity through their expansion and the people who work for them demonstrate a focus on their customers and an ...

Do not tell me you cannot produce enough content..!

a month ago at 12:22  by Graham Jones
The web is a massive publishing empire full of content that is updated every minute of every day. To be seen amongst this cacophony of noise you have to produce lots of quality content yourself. Get ...

When AE collaborations are a cop-out.

a month ago at 11:35  by Henry Tapper
AE Collaborations such as those advertised in Pensions Extra last week are a “neat fusion” according to Zurich’s Stephen Leffley. Barnett Waddingham’s Damian Stancombe admits their ...

When only a dedicated project manager will do – AE needs new advisers.

a month ago at 14:30  by Henry Tapper
Most pension people trying to project manage auto-enrolment have found themselves out of their depth. Whether you are an actuarial consultant or an IFA the issue is the same- you know little about HR ...

An austere week

a month ago at 14:27  by Diane Coyle, OBE
Another hectic week looms – I’m doing book-related interviews and events including this at the CSFI in London tomorrow – and at the moment feel like climbing back under the duvet to read. So to ...

A 15-PMI day; count 'em...

a month ago at 14:19  by Matt Williams
Unemployment in Sweden is currently running at 8.6%, with 4,619,000 people out of work. Some 61,000 of them are registered with the job centre in Stockholm. When the centre held a recruitment meeting ...
 
 

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