Author Archives: henry tapper

About henry tapper

Founder of the Pension PlayPen, Director of First Actuarial, partner of Stella, father of Olly and the Pension Plowman

Pound cost ravaging


I felt like General Melchett inspecting the trenches. At the 21st Century Retirement Income Update I met a bunch of advisers who have since 2008 been trying to help clients make sense of the volatility in world markets , understand the relationship … Continue reading

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21st Century Retirement Income Update


  Well here I am in a Village hotel under the M1 seven miles south of Leeds to chair a day long conference on the opportunities for financial advisers from George Osborne’s Budget Changes (the photo is the lovely view … Continue reading

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“Nest’s auto-enrolment -innit!” – “no it ain’t!”


  Auto-enrolment and NEST are synonymous to many. Hugh Pym, the BBC’s chief economic correspondent  told me he thought you could only auto-enrol into NEST and the mistake was repeated by Rachel Burden this morning on auto-enrolment. Rachel told the listeners … Continue reading

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Why employers cannot be “provider agnostic” about their workplace pension.


At http://www.pensionplaypen.com, we are horrified by the slapdash way in which employers are choosing workplace pensions and the complacency of their advisers who seem solely intent on selling payroll and HR middleware. Continue reading

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How we see the new annuity framework working


Pension PlayPen response to the Treasury Paper “Freedom and choice in pensions.”     Pension PlayPen Ltd trades as http://www.pensionplaypen.com and is a leading portal through which employers and their advisers access information establish workplace pensions. This response has been … Continue reading

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Will some employers need their own IGCs?


  This blog’s for any employer or adviser with an existing workplace pension scheme (GPP or Stakeholder Pension), where you chose the funds offered to your staff.   I asked a question of the Pensions Regulator this week. He’d put … Continue reading

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Pension PlayPen response to the DWP Command Paper on Workplace Pensions


    Pension PlayPen Ltd trades as http://www.pensionplaypen.com and is the leading portal through which employers access information to stage auto-enrolment. The site allows employers to assess their workforce, determine a contribution structure, apply to workplace pension providers for terms … Continue reading

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Pension tracking mortgages – a new idea from Josh Collins


This article has been sent me by Josh Collins who describes himself on Linked In as  an “Aspiring pensions consultant, interested in improving the UK’s standard of living. Particular interests in: pensions, the care system (child and elderly), the NHS, … Continue reading

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Beyond compliance…how to integrate your workplace pension into your business


What is your organisation trying to get out of auto-enrolment? The answer will be as diverse as our business strategies! If we had to generalise, we at First Actuarial would chuck all the answers into two buckets; Bucket One is … Continue reading

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What to do at Easter?


Easter’s here and while many of us will be well planned , some will have had plans fall through and some- well let’s just say “we’re fluid!”. If you’re fluid and are looking for something to do with yourself/your family … Continue reading

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