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Episode 10

We end our pilot series with a conversation between Don Ezra and Common Wealth’s founding partners Alex Mazer and Jonathan Weisstub, who share how they’ve put to work some of the ideas discussed on the podcast. Founded in 2015, Common Wealth is a Toronto-based firm focused on expanding access to retirement security. It has advised pension organizations with collective assets exceeding $800 billion, as well as unions, associations, and governments, on issues of strategy, governance, regulation, and the design and implementation of retirement plans, products, and institutions.

This interview was recorded in the summer of 2019.

00:00 | Opening
01:00 | Introducing Common Wealth’s Alex Mazer and Jonathan Weisstub
01:30 | Creating a community for people without access to pensions
08:40 | Trustworthy defaults
12:00 | Fiduciary duty, alignment of incentives
16:50 | Education
20:10 | Partners who care about their members
24:10 | Examples of these partners
26:40 | Older members of the community bring wisdom
31:00 | Employee wellbeing
34:50 | Solutions need a variety of disciplines
34:50 | Final thoughts: a fulfilled life
39:40 | End

Music: “The Zeppelin” by Blue Dot Sessions and “Upbeat Party” by Scott Holmes
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