Tag Archives: Standard Life

Time for the insurers to pipe down and get on with it!


  I like Jamie Jenkins of Standard Life, he’s a canny operator who shapes arguments to suit Standard Life very agreeably. His style is laconic, his humour dry and his observations are succinct and to the point. So I enjoyed … 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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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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A message to 1.2m employers who aren’t reading (yet)!


We are in danger of letting the cost of auto-enrolment exceed its value Continue reading

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Risk-sharing starts with cost-sharing


This lunchtime we will be debating pension charges at the Pension Play Pen lunch (50 Cornhill). This blog may help in organising my thinking and perhaps your thinking too! The terms of the debate about the charges cap that the … Continue reading

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Ten sexy stats that drive pension firms wild!


But if you think your workforce special, you’ll want to get a whole of market quote. You wouldn’t insure your business assets or your liabilities any other way. Continue reading

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Do consumers benefit from risk-based pricing?


may be wrong, the idea put up by John Raven, that a risk-based system delivers more may be right, but intuitively I sense we are moving to a more pooled approach to pricing. Continue reading

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An encouraging tale of choice


I feel more enthusiastic about the investment section of the about to be launched http://www.pensionplaypen.com than any other. Continue reading

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Can social media play a part in pension scheme governance?


Are the systems used to offer participating employers a say in the running of mastertrusts or contract based workplace pensions fit for today’s purpose? Continue reading

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“Stick or twist” for the lifecos.


It is hard for the insurers to twist because they think the dealer’s against them. Continue reading

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