Category Archives: auto-enrolment

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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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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More trust, fewer Trusts please!


Take a look at this table (reproduced with the express permission of the Pension Regulator). It tells us that we have too many private sector trust based DC schemes (it also tells that we don’t know the difference between a GPP and DC … Continue reading

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Time for an upgrade?


The fireworks came from the Treasury but amidst the noise and smoke, the DWP’s Command Paper, poses some challenges for many of the 10,000 employers who’ve staged auto-enrolment. By April 2015, we can expect workplace pensions qualifying to be used … Continue reading

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PQM – under new management, deserves a second chance


  News that Adrian Boulding has taken the chair at the Pension Quality Mark and that its new MD is crack Kiwi-saver Justine Tate, roused me to re-engage with a venture I had thought as much use as a chocolate … Continue reading

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Who will be cleaning out the stables in the next two years?


  There are more than 10,000 employers who are running saving schemes for their staff  as qualifying workplace pensions. The introduction of minimum standards for these schemes in “Better workplace pensions, further measures for savers“, begs the question – who is going … Continue reading

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Annuity reform- payroll needs to be in the front seat!


Yesterday I wrote about the positives of the proposed abolition of compulsory annuitisation for the life insurers active in the UK pensions market. Today I want to share thoughts on payroll, who are always the last to be consulted and the … Continue reading

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Why we expect insurers to bounce back stronger (from these reforms)


  I’ve just read yesterday’s press release from PWC’s Jonathan Howe commenting on the pension reform announced in this year’s budget. “There is no doubt that the changes present very significant challenges to life insurers with a heavy reliance on annuity business, … Continue reading

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Cash and Carry


  My Mum and Dad used to buy the ice-cream and cakes for the Methodist Fete at the cash and carry in Poole. They used to go down each summer in the Methodist Minibus and they would take me and … Continue reading

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Annuity – RIP


  I guess the moment I heard the news on the scrapping of compulsory annuities will stick in the memory like the moment I heard of the death of Elvis/Lennon and Princess Di. All morning we’d heard the helicopters hovering … Continue reading

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