Category Archives: auto-enrolment

Post budget capacity challenge for insurers


    Scottish Widows boss Toby Strauss has told the Telegraph that his company is already facing a capacity crunch as it digests the impact of legislative changes over the past two years and faces the challenges of 2015. The … Continue reading

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Freddy Flumper gets savvy!


  It’s been some days since I’ve reported on the fabulous Freddy Flumper -“fabulous” in the sense that he lives only in the fable on this blog. For anyone who missed the instructive fable of Freddy and Tony Lamborghini , we … Continue reading

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One million employers buying pensions in the dark.


I am comfortable with the interventions by Government in the sales side of workplace pensions. The DWP’s minimum standards legislation is progressing well and we look forward to seeing some secondary legislation in September. The Treasury’s work transforming the choices … Continue reading

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Auto-enrolment’s tactical- pensions are strategic


  The old questions “are you managing your business or is your business managing you?” and “fail to plan, plan to fail” are annoyingly true- annoying because they are business clichés and doubly annoying as they remind us of the … Continue reading

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How retirement products evolve (and revolve).


  There are three drivers that shape the evolution of financial products – supply, demand and Government intervention. Between the mid 80s and today Britain has seen a Financial Services Revolution that has been no less dramatic than the agrarian … Continue reading

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Three old farts on DC regulation


            John Reeve, whose previous comments on DC I have dismissed as the “wittering of an out of touch actuary”, has written a telling comment on mallowstreet. I’m sure he won’t mind me re-publishing it … Continue reading

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“Who’s the we?” – a blog about advice and guidance


On Sunday I wrote a blog about the ten things I wanted to see in the Government’s response to the Consultation it’s been running following the retirement reforms announced in the budget. You can read it here. As we’re ten out … Continue reading

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Ros Altmann to be the over 50s


  News from the Sunday Times via @paullewismoney  reports that Ros Altmann is to be our (eg those over 50) new work tsar. This I take to be good news. Ros Altmann to be named Government's champion for older workers … Continue reading

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Carry on nudging!


We may just have been nudged. We’ve been getting  interested in salary sacrifice. We have been building a salary sacrifice modeller into the workforce assessment tool on http://www.pensionplaypen.com by popular demand. Initially I had thought  salary sacrifice was benefiting employers but … Continue reading

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Awards reward Pension PlayPen for a cracking year


It was only a year ago when I, Andy ,Stella ,Martin, Steven,Guy and the lads from @firstactuarial signed the share register and launched http://www.pensionplaypen.com Within 12 months we have had nearly 100,000 visitors to our site; 329 companies use our … Continue reading

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