Pension problems can ruin your retirement – how to do better – Podcast #1

The pension marketplace is in crisis. Barely a week goes by without another front page newspaper headline featuring yet another issue that is killing our retirement. In this podcast we look at the nine underlying problems faced by many people trying to build a decent pension. And in getting under the skin of how pensions tick, we start to get a picture of what could be a more productive approach. More…

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Pension share investment goes badly wrong. Part 3 of 3

Pension share investment is the core of most pension funds. So the long term performance is critical to your future. Sadly the FTSE 100 index shows no overall growth since 1999, more than 14 years. And that has badly impacted the performance of most pension funds. In this final part of a 3 part series, Rod Thomas looks at four critical criteria he believes should be present in any long term investment that we use for retirement or pension planning. More…


Share investment inside pensions goes badly wrong – Part 1 of 3

Let’s set the stage. You plan to retire in (let’s say) 15 years’ time. You have a typical pension which is almost certainly includes share investment, or possibly ‘funds’ of groups of shares. The problem is that share investment has frankly gone sideways for 14 years. In this three part article we examine in detail this disaster – at least for investors hoping for an increase in their portfolio value. And consider better alternatives.
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