Tag Archives: pension playpen

“And the language that he used!” Does Workie speak?


  Go to him now, he calls you- you can’t refuse If you ain’t got nothing- you got nothing to lose! Great lines taken out of context from Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone“. The link takes you to a … Continue reading

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And time goes on – and so do I


If this isn’t a line from a Johnny Cash or Hank Williams song, then I may have just written the history of Country and Western in one line! Time does go on, we are now well into the next critical … Continue reading

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Pensions need to be sold for the sausage not the sizzle.


A great observation from Steve Groves, CEO of partnership this morning. @henryhtapper @tcfDAN @clivewaller healthy people were buying to early. Lie expectancy increased 10yrs and annuitisation age didn't move… — steve_g@partnership (@Sjg3G) January 12, 2016 By “buying” Steve means “buying … Continue reading

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A right to debate or a right to restitution? #WASPI


For many of us, men retire at 65 and women at 60, that was hard coded into our learning like the multiplication tables and it’s clearly quite hard to unlearn. Steve Bee makes a good point on twitter "When is … Continue reading

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What will we remember 2016 for? The Pension PlayPen lunch


The Pension Play Pen lunch group has met every month since December 2008 and is something of an institution at the Counting House. It’s a chance for advisers, pension managers , investment gurus and harmless idiots like me, to spend … Continue reading

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Self-help – Can you “DIY pensions”?


“The instruction manual is missing” – the first thing my partner said when she opened her new smartphone, I’d kindly donated her for Christmas. I was close to having a Michael Winner moment. “That’s because you learn how to do … Continue reading

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Choice – we love to have it – we hate to use it!


Choice – a mass of contradictions I’ve noted before that choice is something we feel we cannot do without but is something we generally cannot deal with. It is rare that the phrase ” I had no choice” is used in … Continue reading

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The Nigella Lawson of workplace pensions


I met Hayley Jaggers at a recent Capacity Crunch Conference and linked in with her. We agreed to meet at our Tonbridge offices and we had a business meeting yesterday. She has re-defined my expectation of what can be achieved … Continue reading

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Tidings of great joy from the ICAEW


Auto-enrolment is a worry to accountants. Estimates are pretty consistent that around two thirds of all employers staging auto enrolment will look to accountants for compliance with auto-enrolment regulations and help with choosing and setting up a workplace pension. Unfortunately … Continue reading

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NEST is not a financial soup-kitchen.


For some time , I and others advising on workplace pensions have been calling for NEST to make a clear statement on charging employers for NEST support. Now we have it . In case you can’t press the link , here … Continue reading

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