Persistence is an enormous part of success! It’s not easy for young people today but for some professions in particular it never has been

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This interview with Jonathan Neale (see the video) is brilliant. McLaren are supposed to be a very ‘corporate’ team but this guy is magic!! Honda are going to get there in the end which will be great for McLaren

This interview with Jonathan Neale (see the video) is brilliant. McLaren are supposed to be a very ‘corporate’ team but this guy is magic!! Honda are going to get there in the end which will be great for McLaren.

This is one of the best interviews I have seen of an F1 team principal for a very long time. Niki and Toto are both great stuff as well but this guy is an original

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Let’s hope something in the way of improvements to the current situation comes out of an EU investigation into F1 – if it ever happens

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I like Kimi but I don’t really know why. I don’t think he’s going to be too happy with this article…….

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Whatever you think of their politics these are two interesting chararcters in a sea of soundbites. History will remember Nick Clegg kindly at a time when Britain’s financial system could have imploded without the stability that he added to the first Cameron government – Gracious, Honourable, and honest as ever – Nick – Don’t agree with much of the politics of Nigel but love the persona and he has certainly made the Tories in particular think and not always in a good way. In my opinion we shouldn’t leave the EU but it needs a major kick up the backside and that pressure for reform is building throughout the EU thank goodness

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Interesting uses of Siri

It’s news to me that you can dictate on the move provided you have Wi-Fi connection using Siri and you can do this on your iPhone

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Crystal Ball or not?

Richard Buxton: Oil price ‘Armageddon’ will lead to progress

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Choosing the right races

we will see what this season brings

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An interesting tale………

It started in coffee houses….The second half of the seventeenth century was an era of burgeoning trade, in the absence of mass media, the coffee houses emerged as the primary source of news and rumour. 

Edward Lloyd’s coffee house was opened near the Thames on Tower Street in London in 1685. The coffee house was “spacious, well built and inhabited by able tradesmen” according to a contemporary publication.  Later in 1691 it was transferred to 16 Lombard Street which was very close to the centre of English maritime trade.

It was from this coffee house that Edward Lloyd launched his “Lloyd’s List” in 1696 which was filled with information on ship arrivals and departures and included some intelligence on conditions abroad and at sea. This list was eventually enlarged to provide daily news on stock prices, foreign markets, and high-water times at London Bridge and reports of accidents and sinkings.

In 1771, seventy-nine of the underwriters who did business at Lloyd’s subscribed £100 each and joined together in the Society of Lloyd’s, an unincorporated group of individual entrepreneurs operating under a self-regulated code of behaviour. These were the original Members of Lloyd’s; later, members came to be known as “Names.” It was from this coffee house that Lloyd’s of London was established which eventually became the largest insurance company of the world.

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he’s right you know – from June 2012 but oh so true

Auto-enrolment can’t come soon enough, says Richard Butcher

This may be too much information… but I woke up in a hot and sticky sweat the other night. Not pleasant.

This happens to me occasionally, I’m sure it must happen to all of us (at least I’m hoping it’s not just me). What causes it varies, but on this occasion it was panic about my own pension planning.

I’m in the second half of my 40s and I’ve worked more than half of a traditional career length. My father’s generation, at my age, were starting to look forward and think “maybe another 5 years and I could retire”. I’d like to but I’m not.

The problem, for me, is that I was not part of that golden generation with a final salary pension scheme. I am reliant (mostly) on DC and I know (a) how much it costs to retire and (b) how much risk there is in the process. I was woken by a panic that I am not doing enough and that I will have to keep working (if I can find work) until I am much older than the 65 that is commonly assumed.

I panicked because I know about the sheer size of the problem I face.

Here are a few snippets I’ve picked up, some old, some new:

· MetLife did some research which was reported in May 2012. The thrust of the results were:

· Those born between 1961 and 1981 (I was) on average face a £300,000 shortfall in the capital needed for retirement

· They (we) have large mortgages to pay off and often our children’s education to fully or partly fund (private schools maybe but almost certainly university)

According to the NAPF (May 2011), 3 million of today’s workforce, that’s a whopping 8%, are relying on winning the lottery to pay for their retirement. A similar number (9%) are hoping to inherit a windfall for the same purpose. One third of the workforce is planning to rely on the state. Clearly, none of these strategies are particularly robust.

In their 8th Annual Report on the state of retirement savings across the nation (May 2012) Scottish Widows revealed that the average pension saving rate (excluding DB members) is 8.9% of total income (down from 9.3% in 2011) and that only 46% of the population is saving enough towards retirement (described as a ‘sharp fall’).

Hargreaves Lansdown have calculated that the average earner needs a fund of around £400,000 to provide enough pension (additional to state pensions) to provide an adequate retirement income.

Finally, as context, an Office of National Statistics report (October 2011) reveals that the UK savings ratio is 7.6% of net income (according to Lloyd’s, this contrasts with Germany at 10% and China at 47%!). The average UK household has just £5,009 of savings and investments available for a rainy day. This is important as low reserves are not conducive with locked away long term pension saving.

So a few conclusions:

· I’m not alone. Others should also be worried. Very worried.

· Flawed as it may be we need to cheer from the roof tops about auto-enrolment. I accept that it’s not the end of the problem, but it is the beginning of the end of the problem.

· Those of us in the know need to shout, loudly and irritatingly about the importance and urgency of saving for pensions. We need to shout frequently and repeatedly. We all need to become evangelists for the cause.

The other night wasn’t pleasant and I don’t wish sleepless sweaty nights on anyone but I really do think it’s time we raised the public’s anxiety level about pension saving.

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