Panellists announced for ‘Funding Retirement’ debate

Panellists announced for ‘Funding Retirement’ debate

On Wednesday 17 December, 2014, the inaugural My Financial Services (MyFS) event will take place on the subject ‘Funding Retirement’. MyFS are delighted to announce that the following people have confirmed that they will be part of the panel debate:     The Right Honourable Steve Webb, MP Steve Webb is the Liberal Democrat MP for Thornbury and Yate and has been the Minister of State for Pensions since May 2010. Prior to this, Steve was the Member of Parliament for Northavon from 1997 to 2010 and held a number of posts in the Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet including Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Outside of politics, Steve studied philosophy, politics and economics at Hertford College, Oxford. He then worked as an economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies from 1986 to 1995 before being appointed Professor of Social Policy at Bath University.   Stephanie Condra, Pensions Specialist, AXA Investment Managers Stephanie works in the Clients and Markets group at AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) delivering thought leadership and market insight across regional markets and focusing on the retirement market. Prior to joining AXA IM, Stephanie led the corporate investment consulting business at a pension consultant in Ireland and prior to that structured investment and wealth management solutions for clients of a private bank in Canada. Stephanie has over 15 years’ experience in the investment industry. She completed the specialised Global Asset and Wealth Management MBA programme at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA)...
MyFS: In the beginning…

MyFS: In the beginning…

About ten months ago, a small group of people working in the financial services sector sat down and had a chat. We talked of the value of ‘crowd wisdom’ and how in the modern world, with the growth of social media and personal technology, the opportunity to bring people together to shape and mould the environment in which we all live was greater than ever before. It used to be said that ‘necessity is the mother of invention’, yet while that may still have its place, we favoured the concept that in the modern day, true innovation and development in society comes from open conversation and shared thought. We moved on to talk about working in the financial services industry and how, through this collective wisdom we might be able to make a difference in the wider society. After all, financial services have an impact on everyone’s life, regardless of an individual’s personal wealth, age, sex or religion. We looked at examples, such as the massively influential TED, and wondered if something like this could ever be adapted to an industry that has seen such cynicism levelled at it over the years. And then we thought, well, hell, it’s at least worth a try… and so My Financial Services (MyFS) was born. MyFS was created to be an open and interactive forum, far removed from the closed-door meetings that are all too common in the financial industry. It will bring people together to share their thoughts on the future of the sector and create open dialogue that can be used to shape the industry in order to better serve...