Monthly Archives: April 2013

Shopping for pensions


Internet marketing is a funny young business which looks the same as a funny old business called “shopping”. Continue reading

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“This House” is a pension playpen


The serendipity of social media and  more exactly the generosity of http://www.quietroom.co.uk brought me two tickets to see “This House” on  Saturday night. The link is with the Quiet Room’s co-boss, Vincent Franklin who is one of the stars of this show. My … Continue reading

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JacktheJouneyman – the PlayPen horse!


JacktheJouneyman raced for the first time at Ludlow yesterday and a hardy cross-section of the Pension PlayPen was there to see him finish fourth. Coming into the home straight the four year old had pulled for most of the race but … Continue reading

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No learning without doing!


NOTHING that’s precisely how much it will cost you to get an excellent pension plan at less than half the cost of a stakeholder pension. Continue reading

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Steve Webb’s water-cooler moment


“You learn what they care about, what they understand and what they don’t. And you can join in. But what you can’t do, is take charge.” Continue reading

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“Nothing to do with us guv” – a sideways look at the FCA’s rules for platforms


I hope the FCA will have their binoculars trained on the corporate boxes of the asset managers this summer. We wouldn’t want any of our virtuous investment consultancies being mistaken from their chavvy retail cousins in taking the fund manager’s shilling. Continue reading

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Pot noodles member


Think technology Steve, small pots will become a lot smaller through aggregation and operation big fat pot may end up being renamed “Webb’s folly”.
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Improving governance and best practice – Work and Pensions Committee


Trail commission has no more place in QWPS than consultancy charging Continue reading

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An encouraging tale of choice


I feel more enthusiastic about the investment section of the about to be launched http://www.pensionplaypen.com than any other. Continue reading

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Helping companies take decisions on pensions


One of the first thing you are taught at sales school is to “sell not tell”. Selling people an idea is about planting and nurturing an idea, not marching customers to the check-out desk. When it comes to taking a … Continue reading

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