Tag Archives: Employment

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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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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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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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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A tale of two Cities


      Have you ever turned up at a place and realised you shouldn’t be there – but stayed anyway just to see what it was like? That’s what happened to me yesterday. I went to an event about … Continue reading

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What payroll can do to keep away the loan sharks.


We all know the sharks that swim in financial waters preying on the weakest and driving them and their families into deeper debt with all the social and health problems that “deep debt” brings. And I’m sure that if it … Continue reading

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Why I work for First Actuarial


  First Actuarial celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and it has a lot to celebrate Record profits with turnover up from £12.5m to £14m All nine of the original Founders in place – now joined by a further 8 … Continue reading

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“Savers who cash in their pensions face charges of up to 20%”


  I repeat the Daily Mail’s headline which is absolutely accurate. I am glad that they did not use the word “penalties” as this implies a non-contractual lock-in being imposed by insurers. This is not what is happening. Insurers are … Continue reading

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