V-FM: The Pensions Podcast

The brand new podcast from Darren and Nico talking all things pensions and investments.

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Chatting all things pensions and investments


'V-FM'... It's the podcast you've been waiting for...


Darren Philp and Nico Aspinall having a chat about pensions, investment and anything else that takes their fancy. Join us for half an hour of geekery and topical discussion.


Got a topic you'd like us to cover... get in touch at vfmpensions@gmail.com


5 days ago

In this episode of V-FM Pensions, Darren and Nico take a step back and reflect on some of the key points and debates that have cropped up in the podcast so far. Retail vs institutional; forward looking vs backward looking metrics; decumulation and end outcomes; communications and engagement are all discussed in this V-FM special.

Friday May 19, 2023

In this episode Darren and Nico chat all things DC pensions and value for money with Mercer's Brian Henderson. Who would have known that Brian did a PhD on lasers and would bring a story to the podcast that prompted a reference to Back to the Future and Flux Capacitors. Listen to hear all.

Friday May 12, 2023

In this episode Nico and Darren speak to Hymans Robertson's Rona Train about what value for money in pensions means to her. As always, a lot of ground is covered starting with how Australian wine producers are adapting to climate change. Rona also talks about the importance of focusing on member outcomes, not just cost and, in particular, increasing contributions. Another great episode! Enjoy!

Friday May 05, 2023

In this episode of V-FM: Pensions, Darren and Nico talk to Pension Bee's Romi Savova about why she founded Pension Bee, her views on the DWP's value for money consultation and the importance of good customer service in delivering better member outcomes.

Friday Apr 28, 2023

In this episode of VFM Pensions, Darren and Nico chat to the Financial Times' global pensions correspondent, the one and only, Jo Cumbo. They talk about kangaroos, Jo surviving the outback, productive finance and, of course, value for money.  We also ask Jo about the piece of journalism she is most proud about - another must listen episode!

Friday Apr 21, 2023

In this episode Darren and Nico chat to Jenny Segal about purpose and hybrid working, her new book that has just been published and, of course, what value for money means to her.

Friday Apr 14, 2023

In this episode Darren and Nico chat to Scottish Widows' Robert Cochran about what value for money means to him, the importance of engagement and communications, and his time on the Pensions Bus.

Thursday Apr 06, 2023

In this episode Darren and Nico respond to the DWP's value for money consultation. This episode was submitted to DWP on Monday 27th March 2023 as part of its formal consultation process (we also sent a transcript).

Friday Mar 31, 2023

In this episode of VFM: The Pensions Podcast, Nico and Darren chat to Northern Trust's Mark Austin about custody platforms, value for money and designer belts. Enjoy!

Friday Mar 24, 2023

In this episode Darren and Nico chat with the renowned climate scientist, author and founder of Small Word Consulting, Mike Berners-Lee. A fascinating chat that kept coming back to the poly-crisis and the existential threats facing our planet. This is an episode you really don't want to miss!

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