Tag Archives: Financial services

Auto-enrolment; – tPR’s despatches from the trenches


Auto-enrolment is like Flanders in 1914.  Those wishing to see universal adoption of workplace pensions within Britain’s employment structure are digging in for an onslaught that has barely begun. Our Ypres’ and Passchendaeles’ are yet to come. We are still in … Continue reading

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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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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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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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“What we need and what we want” – financial education in schools


  Many congratulations to Tracey Bleakley and all at pfeg for getting personal finance onto the national curriculum from today. Speaking on Wake Up To Money this morning, Tracey was asked what the one piece of financial advice she’d give to those in her … Continue reading

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“Retirement reforms and the Guidance Guarantee” – The Pension PlayPen’s response


This is the Pension PlayPen submission to the FCA’s consultation CP14/11 Pension PlayPen is a website dedicated to helping small employers and their advisers find good quality workplace pension plans.   It was founded in 2013 by Henry Tapper with … Continue reading

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