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In the middle of difficulties lies opportunities – Einstein


“One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat


“Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow.”


What Lies Behind Us and What Lies Before Us are Tiny Matters Compared to What Lies Within Us


“The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall. ”


UK firms contribute £35bn to reduce their pensions bill but deficits keeps rising .

UK firms contributed over £35bn to their pensions pot to reduce deficit but this didn’t touch the surface as deficits keeps rising .

The largest 350 British firms are still struggling to meet their final salary pension commitments to their current and former employees, with total deficits only reducing by £4.1billion to £64.9billion since 2009 despite the hefty contributions by firms.

I keep a very close eye on this as this is a problem that’s just getting worst and people are not aware of it , I started a 3 part article in the British Chamber of Commerce Japan to highlight this , the first of these post was “UK FIRM PENSIONS: IS THE END NIGH? and this talks about this and the problems facing UK defined benefits scheme .

Number of these companies with pension deficit are flirting with the prospect of going into administration as their pension deficits at more than 20 per cent of their market value, according to pension consultants Barnett Waddingham.

Last month i posted ” 7,000 mineworkers retirement takes HUGE HIT ! British Coal Pension enters PPF , Who’s Next ?” this explains what happens to people in a scheme like this .

Deficits are calculated based on the promises made to current and past employees. They can fluctuate as investment returns rise and fall and as life expectancy increases.

I like to emphasis it’s a promise not a guarantee ,companies have the right to change the benefits they pay a recent example is Thousands set to lose out as drugs giant Glaxo slashes pension benefits for UK workforce

Defined benefit (DB) pensions see employers guarantee workers an income for life once they retire.
The amount they get is calculated by multiplying a fraction of their final salary, or their career average salary, by the number of years they have worked.

The schemes have been closing down at a record rate – particularly in the private sector – as they have become increasingly unaffordable and have caused firms to build up significant deficits.
Instead, most companies are now offering defined contribution schemes – known as money purchase pensions – where they offer to match or double an employee’s contributions to a pension pot, which is then invested.

Upon retirement, it’s up to the pension holder to buy a retirement income – either through an annuity or income drawdown.

Barnett Waddingham says that with firms having to fork out so much to meet their final salary pension commitments, those on money purchase schemes may well be losing out.

If you like more information on your options on this let me know ,

Tony Evans


The 10 Things We Can Learn From Harvey Specter From ‘Suits’

Love this show and its character ,

And as 6 people sent it to me and said , we thought of you , I had to repost .

What a cracking week lies ahead

Lets lock and load

The 10 Things We Can Learn From Harvey Specter From ‘Suits’


Japan goes to the polls – What will this mean for the Japan / Yen ?

Today is a day when history could
be made in Japan , when the PM will have the means and also the popularity to do the necessary changes to the country .
As someone who has been in Japan for over 8 years this is very exciting as this could in my opinion see the the country go through another boom economically wise .

Public opinion polls indicate that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc will win. public option polls show a 60% approval rating for the PM , the highest in any industrialised nation . A victory would give Mr. Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and the junior partner New Komeito control of both houses of parliament.At stake are 121 seats, half of the upper house seats.

Control of both chambers will remove political obstacles to Abe’s agenda or as the commonly known as ” Abenomics policy ” a sort of Thatcherisim in Japan .

Supporters see that this will give him him free reign to force unpopular changes on Japan’s long under-performing economy.
A key point is to reform of the labour market to make it easier for firms to hire and fire workers, participation in a huge free trade pact and a rise in consumption tax, which economists say will help to slow the pace of growth in the already sky-high national debt.

This is his 3 arrow of Abenomics policy to make Japan grow once again.
We already seen the Bank of Japan flood the market with cheap money , today’s win for the PM could see the value of the Yen weakening even further .

Lets see how this goes , All I can say its not boring.

Tony Evans
Tokyo , 21st July 2013
Tokyo American Club

Bloomberg Coverage


The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot

Time to store your trays , make sure your seat is up ! This is going to be a fun ride .

Lets Lock and load !

Tony Evans



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