Monthly Archives: May 2015

Andy and Christy – a transatlantic romance


One of the reasons for speaking last week in New York was to see my friend Andy and his fiancee Christy together. They met in a nightclub and fell in love, Christy is a talented dress-designer and Andy is the … Continue reading

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Spurring Altmann on


This must be an odd time for our new pension minister – Ros Altmann. As I’m finding out coming back from America, the first few days can carry you through on adrenalin. But then comes that wave of tiredness as … Continue reading

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I smell a (pensions) rat – what can I do?


An advert appeared yesterday on the Pension Play Pen Linked In Group.. If you’re in our Group, you can see it here The organisation – Save My Pension is offering a “route to market” with the message from its Director Danny Smith  … Continue reading

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Pot follows nanny?


The debate on auto-enrolling nannies into workplace pensions is being called #Nannygate. The FT have quoted Anne-Marie O’Leary of Netmum as saying nannies and their bosses are in “a state of near panic” at the prospect of enrolling Nannygate has even drawn a letter … Continue reading

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Auto-enrolment – who really pays?


Pensions Minister Ros Altmann has written a letter to The Times, showing her disappointment to an article published that negatively covered the issue of families having to pay their nanny pensions, because of auto-enrolment. In her response, Altmann said she … Continue reading

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If it’s not in the price- I’m not paying it.


All week I have been beset by those nasty little extras that add up. On Norwegian Airlines everything is extra, water, food , headsets , blankets – the duty free is more expensive than Tescos. It costs $50 to put … Continue reading

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The view from the other side of the pond.


It’s been glorious in New York. Here’s Andy Walker (Pension PlayPen’s genius designer) and me, enjoying a craft beer above the high line (note the Empire State building behind us!) I wouldn’t like anyone to think that drinking beer was all … Continue reading

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The land of the (pension) free


  As I cleared immigration this morning, the chap charged with checking my travel authorisation asked me.. “so how are we doing over here?” I looked blankly.. “it says here you’re a pension consultant – how we doing?” To the … Continue reading

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Who’s risk is it anyway? How Canada and Britain are dumping pension risk


I’m off to Manhattan to talk to a couple of hundred Canadian pension experts. This is broadly what is going to be said, I’ll be sharing the stage with a couple of Canadian pension experts and (if you open the presentation), … Continue reading

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First we take Manhattan…


Canada bores me. I have only two cultural references for the place, Supertramp – (the band that drove me to punk in the 1970s) and South Park the movie which urges Americans to “blame Canada, they’re not even a real country anyway”. I know … Continue reading

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