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About henry tapper

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

Too late Chancellor – that ship has sailed!


  If I were a cynical editor looking for a story to focus on, I would look no further than speculation on the autumn statement. Yesterday the Telegraph floated a story, purportedly a leak from #10, that the Chancellor was … Continue reading

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With value for money – figures speak louder than words.


The pen may be mightier than the sword but the spreadsheet trumps both. Last week, JLT published some projections which showed that if the performance differential between lousy and top pension providers continued – you’d be able to buy a … Continue reading

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USS – the plot thickens!


Correspondence has emerged between the various macro-stakeholders in the USS “pension deficit” The cast in order of appearance Frank Field – Chair Elect of the Work and Pensions Committee. Here he is kicking off correspondence in August with….     … Continue reading

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Portals for show, pensions for dough


    The Pension Dashboard is under pressure. Having lost its sponsor, Simon Kirby MP in this summer’s election, early-day momentum is running out. The ABI are clearly fed up and are now calling for Government intervention if they are to … Continue reading

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Zurich and Widows, a sensible marriage?


  I had better be careful here, my partner Stella is Group Pensions Director at Lloyds Banking Group and I am a Zurich pensioner and ex- head of sales of the Zurich workplace proposition. I have -as they say – … Continue reading

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TPR- the price of pensions can fall as well as rise.


The Pensions Regulator appears to have forgotten one of the fundamental laws of gravity-  “what goes up, must come down”. In consumer finance this translates into “the value of investments can fall as well as rise” and in the case of the … Continue reading

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Is NOW the time to transfer out?


I was talking last night to a senior financial journalist about NOW pensions. In the catalogue of actions that the Pensions Regulator can call upon, insisting on the inclusion of Dalriada Trustees, is perhaps the most alarming. Dalriada is a … Continue reading

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Finger in the dyke stuff! DC pricing is just too leaky Jon!


Jonathan Stapleton has written a deliberatively provocative piece in Professional Pensions which will be applauded by the operators of workplace pensions but is going to get short shrift from me.   You can read  Jonathan’s opinions here. The gist of Jonathan’s … Continue reading

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Normalising pension saving for everyone


The TUC is publishing this morning important research into inclusion. Since our new pensions minister has included “inclusion” in his title, I hope he is reading it! Six in 10 workers in the UK agriculture and hospitality sectors are not … Continue reading

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Pensions entering no-man’s land


We are in an unprecedented situation. We now have around 1,000,000 employers participating in workplace pensions operated either under trust or contract by a small group of providers (with a long tail). I think it highly unlikely that more than … Continue reading

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