Tag Archives: Business

Everything you wanted to know about the AE Common Data Standard (in 500 words)


  What’s the point? There are around 30 pension providers an employer can choose to set up their workplace pension and around 40 further providers who will convert their existing workplace pension into a scheme that qualifies for workplace pension. … Continue reading

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Why IFA’s have nothing to fear and everything to gain!


  This morning I am chairing Money Marketing’s AE Invitational in Swindon. These will be my opening comments to the audience of invited IFAs who I’m looking forward to spending the morning with.   ” When I started selling insurance, … Continue reading

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I’ve just been (pension) geeked!


Yesterday, as you probably weren’t aware, was national pension awareness day. I tried to tell you  in my Pension Play Pen weekly announcement but did you engage? I thought not September 15th was decreed so by the Pension Geeks among whom … 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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A beginner’s guide to annuities


Annuities haven’t got a very good name at the moment. They are blamed for many problems which are not their fault. One problem with annuities is that most people don’t understand them! Another problem with annuities is that people have … Continue reading

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Fear of feedback


Everyone knows what social media does. For every blog there are comments, every forum has its threads, some twitter conversations last for weeks. It is the interaction between author and reader that makes it distinctive. The “Letter in the Times” … Continue reading

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I was so much older then (I’m younger than that now)


Thank goodness for kids- kid journalists for a start. There is a gang on young journos who actually give a damn about the pensions they are in and are prepared to engage and educate themselves about what makes for a … Continue reading

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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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“Educated beyond their intelligence”


Denis Skinner’s recent gibe at Tory Ministers ,and George Osborne in particular, is brilliant (even if the phrase was coined by another). For me- it will be a defining epithet for the coalition- it sums up the best and worst … Continue reading

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More thoughts on the future of the Pensions Regulator.


  Yesterday , Professional Pensions advertised my blog “two into one can go” under the more contentious headline “why tPR has had its day“. I’ve given Jack Jones editorial licence and the headline’s fine with me. It was a bad … Continue reading

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