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first_imgPension funds should be able to finance UK infrastructure through a bond aimed solely at the industry and offering a yield above the prevailing market rate, Alan Rubenstein has suggested.Speaking in a personal capacity, Rubenstein, chief executive of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), suggested the pension bond as one way to support the defined benefit (DB) industry in the UK, with assets ringfenced into a sovereign wealth fund.In a debate at the National Association of Pension Funds annual conference in Manchester, former pensions minister Steve Webb urged the industry to focus on the risk-sharing made possible by his defined ambition agenda, while Bill Galvin, chief executive of the Universities Superannuation Scheme, argued it was vital to be honest about the role played by trustees in tackling the DB challenge.Rubenstein argued that the pension bond he proposed dealt with the industry’s hunt for yield but also helped the UK government in its attempts to secure financing for infrastructure projects. “My idea is that these bonds would be long term, say 30 years,” he said.“They might be inflation-linked, or they could be fixed. But, crucially, they would pay a yield that is perhaps 1% above current – instead of 2.5%, in Gilts perhaps 3.5%.”He argued they would only be sold to pension funds, with income ring-fenced to rebuild infrastructure.“Frankly, if we can rebuild our schools, our roads, our hospitals at this kind of rate, we will be getting a good deal,” he said.“If [chancellor of the Exchequer] George Osborne really wants £20bn (€27bn) quickly for infrastructure, this would be the way to do it.”Rubenstein argued that it would help address the problem of pension scheme underfunding and held out the possibility that if deficits improved markedly, it could spell the end of the PPF levy, set at £615m for 2016-17.“I’m asking you to support pension bonds, build a better Britain and save DB pensions,” he said as he concluded his presentation.Webb struck a note of caution, however, questioning whether Rubenstein’s argument that the pension bond was in the interest of inter-generational solidarity rang true.In a good-humoured rebuttal that eventually saw Webb’s call for collective defined contribution voted the best proposal by the audience – 56.6% to Rubenstein’s 43.4% – the former MP noted that the debt incurred through the bond would need to be paid off by future generations, at a higher rate than the UK currently borrows.Webb hypothesised how a conversation on the proposed pension bonds would occur in the Treasury.“I don’t think I could go the chancellor and say ‘You know you can borrow at next to nothing at the moment, do you like to pay more for your borrowing for infrastructure?’” he said.“I don’t think I’d even get through the door. It’s a lovely idea, but it won’t happen.”last_img read more

first_imgAlso included are wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (83 throw power), who played quarterback for a brief time in the NFL; strong safety Jameill Showers (80 throw power), who was a quarterback in college; wide receiver Braxton Miller (74 throw power), who played QB at Ohio State, and oddly enough, tight end Hayden Hurst.What makes Hurst interesting is that he has 73 throw power — with accuracy ratings of 15, 10 and 6. This is because Hurst didn’t play quarterback at any point, but was a highly scouted pitcher who wound up being drafted by the Pirates. He could throw up to 90 mph as a high school freshman.Just goes to show the people behind the Madden ratings put a lot of research into their work. The player ratings for “Madden NFL 20” are here, as EA Sports released its entire database ahead of the game’s Aug. 2 release date.We looked beyond the top overall players to find some interesting notes buried deep within the player ratings system. It’s worth noting these are just the launch ratings for the game. Every week, EA Sports will update the ratings based on player performance to account for breakout stars, such as Patrick Mahomes last season. We’ll go through and explain all of them.Matt HaackThe Dolphins punter played wide receiver growing up. He earned first-team all-state honors playing receiver in high school and made the change to punter essentially when he went to college.Mitch WishnowskyThe 49ers punter ran a 4.63 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. As a punter at Utah, he showed off his ability to run a few times.Jake BaileySimilar to Wishnowsky, Patriots punter Bailey has shown off his wheels on fake punts in the past.IT’S FAKE PUNT SZN!!!! JAKE BAILEY GOT SOME SPEED! 😤 #PATRIOTSpic.twitter.com/plBXGBcxCD— #34 (@ftbeard_17) April 27, 2019The offensive lineman who can play receiverIf you filter out the positions that would have obvious receiving skills (WR, HB, CB, S, LB, etc.), you get some interesting results on out-of-position players with surprising hands. A few of them are explainable. For instance, J.J. Watt (LE) has 78 catching since he has played on offense a few times and has intercepted passes.Ryan Tannehill (who played wide receiver briefly in college) has 76 catching. Joe Webb, a listed quarterback who has experience playing receiver, is at 72.But the shocking player here is Seahawks right tackle George Fant.He has 70 catching, 66 catch in traffic and 68 spectacular catch. Not bad for an offensive lineman.So where does this come from? How can a 322-pound lineman be such a great receiver? Because last season, he showed off his hands in a game against the Vikings.🚨 GEORGE FANT CATCH & RUN 🚨 pic.twitter.com/DfpJgBjYkt— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) December 11, 2018The surprising thing here, though, is he’s just four catching ratings lower than the wide receiver with the worst catching rating: Isaac Whitney. And fun fact for that, Whitney’s catching is so low because he’s a converted cornerback.The best non-QBs who can play QBThis is somewhat of a misleading title, because a lot of the non-QBs in Madden actually played quarterback at some point in their career.Lions tight end Logan Thomas, for example, has the best overall ratings among the non-QBs. He played quarterback at Virginia Tech, which explains his decent ratings. He could actually swap positions and be an interesting option at quarterback with his speed ratings. But for the most part, these ratings provide an important base for the remainder of the season.MADDEN 20 REVIEW: The good, the bad and the new from EA SportsMost of the ratings make a lot of sense. Tyreek Hill is fast, so he gets 99 speed (the fastest player in the game). Orlando Brown ran the fifth-slowest 40-yard dash ever at the NFL Combine, so he gets the slowest speed (50). But some of the ratings may make you question a few things.We spotted five of those ratings, and will explain all of them below.Odell Beckham Jr. the kickerOdell Beckham, the three-time Pro Bowl receiver, has the second-highest kick power (75) out of all non-kickers. He even has a solid kick accuracy (53), which would make him somewhat useful at the kicker position. Obviously he’s much better as a receiver, but if you want to have some fun you could turn him in to a decent kicker.His ratings are so high in these categories because he actually has shown off his kicking skills in the past. 🙌Another impressive pregame field goal from @obj: pic.twitter.com/BQBe5Gvshw— Sporting News (@sportingnews) November 25, 2018If that didn’t impress you, here he is making a 46-yard kick.We mentioned OBJ was the second-highest non-kicker/punter in the kick power category, so let’s explain the first: linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill. He actually has 85 kick power, which is just two points below an actual punter (Kasey Redfern) and just five points below a kicker (Sam Ficken). So what’s the story here? Grugier-Hill played soccer in high school, where he was an all-conference and second-team all-state punter in high school in Hawaii. In 2017, when Eagles kicker Jake Elliott had to leave a game because of a concussion, the linebacker stepped up and took over kicking duties.Zach Wood: The worst player at 36 overallZach Wood is listed as the Saints’ tight end in Madden, but not that’s not his role in real life. Wood is a long snapper, and unfortunately for this unique position, Madden doesn’t really have a way of rating it. As there’s no snapping category, there’s no official long snapper position. Most of the time, the person snapping the ball in the game is actually an offensive lineman.Seven players are ranked 40 overall or less, and they’re all listed as tight ends (but are actually long snappers). One of those long snappers, Patrick Scales, plays for the Bears — and he couldn’t believe his rating when read aloud to him..@ChaseDaniel’s got our #Madden20 ratings and he’s revealing them to some very interested teammates.PS – @EAMaddenNFL rating adjustor… @The_Dream99 is 👀 for ya. pic.twitter.com/oBa98G6w3t— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) July 15, 2019Please respect the long snapper, Madden.MADDEN: NFL players upset with ratings: ‘Put some respeck on my name’These punters have some serious speedDolphins punter Matt Haack is the fastest kicker/punter in the game with 85 speed, 86 acceleration and 61 agility. Saying he could play running back is a bit of a stretch since he has just 24 elusiveness and 18 trucking, but the point is he’s really fast. And the surprising part is that he’s not the only one.Let’s take a look at some of the punters and kickers with decent speed. 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