Category Archives: Payroll

“Beware the mastertrust my son!” 6 reasons to be careful


  Ok. It may not have jaws that bite or claws that clutch or be quite as frightful as the Jubjub bird, but the mastertrust may be no friendlier than Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwock. This is not a trendy thing to … Continue reading

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Payroll – the new paymasters?


It is a truth universally to be acknowledged that the man who bills the client is likeliest to get rich. We have got used to insurance companies and advisers controlling the price of our pension savings schemes. But  by April … Continue reading

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How do you like Pension PlayPen’s pitch


Contact us at info@pensionplaypen.co, or andy.walker@pensionplaypen.com or henry.tapper@pensionplaypen.com We would like to hear from you if you are an employer, an accountant, an adviser or run payrolls for a living!

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“Investing for the long-term” – guest blog from Ralph Frank


The Financial Services Consumer Panel (“FSCP”) recently published a number of suggested options for reform of the governance, disclosure and pricing of investment products.  These options were based on the findings of two studies, one by Rajiv Jaitly and the … Continue reading

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Pensions for start-ups – you having a laugh?


Well “no” actually! This article sets out to explain why even the youngest of companies should be planning for pensions. Pension planning isn’t top of the list for entrepreneurs, most hope their business will become their pension. But there are good … Continue reading

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“To meet the needs of those in the middle” – what pension consultancy should be about!


The Advert On Tuesday I am sitting on a panel with good friends; Otto Thoresen, author of the Thoresen report; Mathew Arends, Partner at Aon Hewitt, Duncan Buchanan president of the Society of Pension Consultants. The session will be chaired … Continue reading

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The great pension bank robbery


  I give 2 ½ cheers George’s pension package, the “½” being for the complex misrepresented “death-tax” changes which are regressive, complicated and could easily have been dealt with using inheritance tax legislation already in place. I give no cheers … Continue reading

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Pension PlayPen wins 7 and is shortlisted for a further 9 awards


For the second year running, Pension PlayPen has been short-listed for the Payroll World Technology Award. Pension Play Pen has also been shortlisted for the small schemes auto-enrolment implementation award. These nominations come on the back of Henry Tapper, Pension … Continue reading

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Making sense of the Budget’s Pension Changes


Everyone knows that the changes in the taxation of pensions announced in the budget and now working their way into law – are going to make a big difference. But just how will they affect you and what can you … Continue reading

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How much should I spend on retirement?


People get frightened by this question – they shouldn’t! The simple answer is that we all pay into a national pension scheme through national insurance and you can find out what you’re likely to get from the State we completing … Continue reading

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