Tag Archives: Pensions

24 cheers for The Pension Play Pen Lunch


There’s a fine tradition in this country of people getting together in coffee houses and taverns and sorting out how and with whom business should be transacted. This was how the insurance market was founded in London and it still is how … Continue reading

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NEST LIVE “Their hands in our pockets”


With this phrase Tim Jones, NEST’s CEO and presiding genius thanked his six principal suppliers for funding the drinks reception that concluded proceedings at NEST’s big bash. Freudian slip, deliberate tease or simply a slip of the tongue it initiated … Continue reading

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Insurers find comfort in Boardroom Benefits


Earlier in the week I mentioned I was highly sceptical about corporate wrap platforms. They have become the holy grail for a magic circle of insurance companies whose business models are increasingly focusing on pandering to the boardrooms of fellow corporate … Continue reading

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Le Pension Crisis est Arrivé


Image via Wikipedia PWC report today that the value of DC pension pots has fallen by 30% in the last three years. This Telegraph article gives the grim details. This is not a paper loss which can be reversed if markets recover, … Continue reading

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Green shield stamps ( how to buy a pension)


Lawrence Churchill of NEST and John Hutton (of the report) spoke eloquently yesterday of the need for people to focus on a desired retirement outcome (for instance;-”I want an income of £15,000 pa”) work out what it takes to get it … Continue reading

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Play Pen on Public Sector Pensions


Following robust debate over pie ale and an October Pimms, the 16 members of the Pension PlayPen split 8/8 on the motion  “the pensions paid to the public sector are unfair”. However there was a healthy majority of 13 to 3 that … Continue reading

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Pension choices for smaller companies


Smaller companies- those with less than 50 employees are the beating heart of Britain’s economy. It is from among their number that the next Virgin or Tesco will come and though many of them will be toast in ten years … Continue reading

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159 years good – my Mum and Dad


My Mum was 79 last month, my Dad is 80 on Sunday. Dad packed in work this year, my Mum completed the 700 mile South West coastal path - they are beginning to wind down. All too often it takes a … Continue reading

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Extending a hand to the Regulator


Saturday morning allows me time to expand on some hurried thoughts in my post The Regulator, wisdom and the crowd. Continue reading

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Champagne down the drain


Many thanks to those who came, and those who wanted to come but couldn’t – not the easiest of days to get about.

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