Tag Archives: Society

“Better workplace pensions – further measures for savers”


Recognise the title? It’s what the DWP chose to call their Command Paper on charges. This paper is not a justification for a charge cap, it’s a new framework for DC pension governance. It’s gone un-noticed but only one chapter … Continue reading

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Would you vote for the Pension PlayPen?


  When you are building a brand, you need recognition and much as we’d love to be on News at 10 every week, our brand Pension PlayPen can only become relevent if it makes lots of noise. So I spend … Continue reading

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“What’s it like to be retired?”


It could be the trending chant at any event that Alex Ferguson turns up to – a taunt to a man who having lost control has seen slump into mundanity in a few short months. Financial wellbeing in later life … Continue reading

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When AE collaborations are a cop-out.


AE Collaborations such as those advertised in Pensions Extra last week are a “neat fusion” according to Zurich’s Stephen Leffley. Barnett Waddingham’s Damian Stancombe admits their collaboration with Standard Life was driven by providers cherry-picking but stresses “at the very … Continue reading

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The DWP charges wagon is firmly back on track


    The last few days has seen a number of surprise developments culminating in a proposed amendment to the Pensions Act 1993. Poor fare for a thought piece? Read on! The original proposal for a wording proposed by Lords … Continue reading

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Something every UK start up should know about finance!


Pension PlayPen Ltd is funded in part by a SEIS. We are a start up funded by the private savings of its Founding Directors. We know it’s hard to get funding from the banks. We know it’s hard to keep … Continue reading

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A capacity crunch?


The prospect of debating whether we get a capacity crunch in Auto-enrolment drew a capacity-crunching crowd to Wragge & Co.’s offices yesterday afternoon. Under the convenance of heroically quiffed Andy Agethangelou, some 50 of us attended a symposium on the current state … Continue reading

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There’s nothing stopping SMEs purchasing good pensions


This article plugs the needs for good pension purchasing and argues that both in terms of quality (governance) and quantity (supply) , employers have never had it so good. There is a lot of talk at the moment about DC … Continue reading

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Why the ABI are so wrong about CDC -guest blog from K. Wesbroom (m.genius)


This blog was first published on mallowstreet by the inimitable Kevin Wesbroom, whose bouffe is only matched by Ros Altmann’s and whose intellect is matched only by his integrity. Think big – think Kevin!   CDC – the case Against … Continue reading

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The quality of savings is constrained


  Apologies to the bard – my point is this; the act of saving is laudable but its impact is variable. Saving is not always a good thing and as a spending choice has to compete with debt repayment and … Continue reading

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