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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

Two thirds of SMEs are pension virgins.


New research is out on the purchasing intentions of the remaining 1.2m employers who aren’t “in” to auto-enrolment. Of the  SMEs surveyed who are yet to stage, two thirds (66%) don’t have any existing pension arrangements for their staff while … Continue reading

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Getting to grips with the changes in politics


When asking how people would vote yesterday, Krishnan Guru-Murthy encountered confusion and bewilderment. In his words “I have never seen before so little idea what to do”. The ideological certainties of left and right are confused by political marketeers targeting soft votes … Continue reading

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Why Osborne’s so wrong to cap our pension ambition.


I wanted to know the amount I would earn if I started on £25,000 when I was 25 and got steady wage rises of 5% pa till I was 65. The answer, according to this little modeller , is just over … Continue reading

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LTA exposes the DC horror-show.


Because I am on holiday, I am reading the Sunday Papers. Someone has bought the Sunday Times which I haven’t read for at least 2 billion years. I’m left with the business pages and two articles by Ian Cowie about … Continue reading

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The price of choice


It is becoming increasingly clear that the progress of the auto-enrolment project is balanced at the fulcrum. Until now attention has been focussed on the technical details surrounding the auto-enrolment process. But we are moving towards a new phase where … Continue reading

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Help is on its way.


For Britain’s flummoxed pensioners- help is on its way! Continue reading

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No Prime Minister! guest blog from Ralph Frank


The Prime Minister focused on the long-term nature of the 2015 Budget in a recent piece he published in the Sunday Times. He saw the Budget as “rewarding those who work hard and do the right thing. For too long, … Continue reading

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Help us spend a penny


Britain is entering its final week of financial constipation following over  a year of holding in the urge to splash the pension cash. Speculation in the financial press is reaching fever pitch with the announcement of the Pension Wise telephone … Continue reading

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The FCA gets serious on pension outcomes


The FCA has published its 2015 business plan http://fca.org.uk/static/channel-page/business-plan/business-plan-2015-16.html Part of the plan is to award itself a £35m increase in budget, meaning it expects to spend £482m of our money – making sure our money is well managed. Whether this … Continue reading

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Great news for auto-enrolment as systemsync gets its funding.


The news that systemsync has got over £800,000 of angel funding should delight anyone wishing to see auto-enrolment work for our SMEs and micros. It’s going to be good news for payroll software companies and good news for pension providers. … Continue reading

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