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About henry tapper

Founder of the Pension PlayPen,, partner of Stella, father of Olly . I am the Pension Plowman

People’s Pension gets serious on small pots

The changes announced yesterday by People’s Pension and its parent B&CE are significant. It’s furloughing its sales team, battening down the hatches to new business It’s changing its charging structure, protecting itself against the ruinous impact of small deferred pots. … Continue reading

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Aussie actuary flies DC…

  I needed to travel to London. I began my preparations with a call to an airline that I hadn’t used before but that I was keen to try, given its appeal­ing advertising. “Wombat Airways, good morning, this is Margaret … Continue reading

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Were you thinking of retiring?

For a lot of people my age (58 going on 59), retirement was looking a cert. Now I and many like me, will have to think some more, save some more and maybe be a little less cocky about our … Continue reading

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How will USS value itself today?

  News has come in that the University Superannuation Scheme (USS) is going to press ahead with a valuation of its assets and liabilities as at the 31st March 2020. It reasons for it in a public statement. I had … Continue reading

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People approaching retirement face ‘financial emergency’ – Billy Burrows

Billy is a national treasure – this is the text of an article that first appeared in Money Marketing There is clearly a national state of emergency, but there is also a financial emergency for those approaching retirement with a … Continue reading

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How #Covid19 opens finance.

The pandemic is opening up finance in a way that we could not have imagined a few weeks ago. On the day of the closure of the FCA’s Open Finance call for input, Sam Seaton, CEO of MoneyHub told Professional … Continue reading

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12 reckoners to work out what you’ll get.

  New help from the Ferret Gareth Morgan has put online and free for use, his reckoners: – these help people with benefit and grant claims – estimating what they’ll get They are called Ferret Reckoners These reckoners, which are … Continue reading

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A heart-warming story from Transport for London

It’s not easy telling your customers not to use your service, but that’s what TFL bosses Chris Macleod, Vernon Everitt and others have been doing for the past few weeks. But as inner-Londoners know, not every form of transport is … Continue reading

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Should we have a national wealth service?

  This article was composed for TC News on the day after the Government closed down the pubs, restaurants cinemas and theatres. It’s a day after the Treasury announced that it would subsidise the wages of those ‘furloughed” by their … Continue reading

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No need to lock-down innovation

  Brent Hoberman calls for help for Britain’s start-ups;  in the FT he comments with regards to tech start-ups. Britain leads Europe on almost every measure, more than £10bn was invested in UK tech last year and the sector employs … Continue reading

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