Category Archives: Retirement

Hats off to all workplace pension providers


  I’ve referred earlier this week to an excellent article by Kim North in Money Marketing in which she points to the ongoing work Scottish Widows have been doing on the participation of women in workplace pensions. In the same … 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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Why can’t we know what we pay for “fund management”?


We have the right to know what we are paying for funds. The cost of a fund can best be defined as the difference between what you would have received from a theoretical return on the assets in the fund … Continue reading

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The time to clean up drawdon’s NOW!


We owe it to ourselves as Pension Professionals to make sure that we treat our customers fairly. Over the past three years we have seen a move to restore confidence in pensions, the RDR, auto-enrolment and the pension freedoms introduced … Continue reading

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People seeking safety at any price?


  I was annoyed to listen to one of the Bank of England’s Chief Economists Andy Haldane tell the BBC’s Robert Peston that people were seeking safety at any price. Passing the buck on to the “cautious consumer” may play … Continue reading

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Labour’s drawdown cap – right idea- wrong execution


Labour is calling for a cap on drawdown charges from April 2015. It is easy to see why. Currently there is a false market for drawdown with many customers paying as much as 4% pa for the management of their … Continue reading

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BRITAIN’S BIGGEST TABOOS: 20 MILLION PEOPLE STRESSED ABOUT FINANCES, YET TALKING ABOUT MONEY REMAINS OFF LIMITS


I don’t normally do press releases on here, I will make an exception here. People are embarrassed about money – when it’s their money they are talking about. The taboos about debt, wealth and financial planning are real and we need … 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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When losing seems like winning- the last post from #thePitch14


  We didn’t win but it felt like winning and how it feels to be Rebecca Coates of Properteco (the overall winner) , I’d like to know! It’s a gruelling 12 hour day and if it involves a  trip down … Continue reading

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Wish us luck as we Pitch to be Britain’s top micro-employer!


  Today’s the day we pitch to be Britain’s top micro-enployer at the Paintworks in Bristol. We are one of 30 employers left in the competition, one of 20 actively trading- we have a 5% chance of winning! But that … Continue reading

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