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About henry tapper

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

Don’t be daunted – it’s not hard (or expensive) to choose the best workplace pension for your staff


If you are a boss, or act for a boss as an accountant, financial adviser or payroll manager, you may be getting worried about auto-enrolment. You’ve probably had your little brown envelope from the Pension Regulator telling you that you … Continue reading

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Carfest South – your chance to wear those wellies


  They’ve been lying in the back of the cupboard since you bought them. They made you feel so young- they made you feel like spring had sprung. But you never made it to (let alone through) the Glastonbury ticket … Continue reading

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IFAs take the lead in sorting the transfer blockage.


  BIG THINKING Two things I’m really looking forward to in September are threesixty’s two “Big Thinking Days”. One’s in Edinburgh and one’s in London and if you’re going, you;re in for a treat. Threesixty are a pretty pucker outfit (IMO) and … Continue reading

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Does drawdown need a charges cap for pension drawdown


This post was written a few months ago but never published. The main thrust is still relevant, the thrust is that we are better off building better and more relevant products than trying to squeeze drawdown into a shirt two … Continue reading

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It’s best to co-operate – guest blog from Con Keating


Con Keating has been thinking for the rest of us for over 40 years. His generosity of spirit are matched by his commercial acumen. His way of thinking is not popular with many who manage money but maybe that’s because … Continue reading

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The markets are back but the damage is done.


There are those who thrive on the ups and downs of the stock market; high frequency traders take fractional advantage of moves up and down and like wind farms, make most when it’s stormy. You can buy and sell this … Continue reading

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Pot follows member – over a cliff?


There’s a great saying in racing “I’d follow that horse over a cliff”. It’s a morbid comment on most gambler’s instinct to chase losses for sentimental rather than economic reasons. When conviction sets in, then rationality is the loser and … Continue reading

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Michael Johnson and the Super ISA


This is the latest from tax and pensions supremo – Michael Johnson. Love it or hate it – the pensions ISA or Super ISA as Michael calls it- looks set to dominate our thinking over the next few months   … Continue reading

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How do you compare pension default funds?


    An old colleague contacted me yesterday with a simple (but great) question. “how do you compare pension default funds”. I can speak on this for First Actuarial, who provide the investment ratings on default funds for the Pension … Continue reading

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What the great fall of China does to my pension.


The falls in the world stock markets since April appear huge, our own market has fallen 15% , market in Asia, much more. But the equity market that has fallen the most is China. The great fall of China is … Continue reading

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