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About henry tapper

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

1995 and all that (legacy images in a digital age).

Well done Professional Pensions for marking its 25th anniversary with photos of crusty veterans who were pensioning 25 years ago. I think my photo may be 35 years old as it was taken on my first skiing holiday -(sales convention) … Continue reading

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COVID-19 actuaries bulletin (as the second wave hits)

  The Friday Report – Issue 22                                                                    … Continue reading

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How SUEZ boosted their staff’s pension pots by £8.65m

  I really admire organisations that are prepared to take a chance and test their workplace pensions for value for money. SUEZ is one such organisation. Michelle Sutton, SUEZ Head of pensions and reward talks here about  how since 2004 … Continue reading

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Is there a commercial market for Independent Financial Guidance

  Is there even such a term?  The FCA seem to think so ‘Guidance’ is a much broader term (than advice) and includes more general information about financial products. It can include information about different types of investments or general … Continue reading

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“Are we experiencing a second wave?” – asks Stuart McDonald

  By Stuart McDonald for                                                                       … Continue reading

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Data in a dungeon

    I’m pleased that Guy Opperman came out fighting for the dashboard when he addressed the Society of Pension Professionals yesterday. He identified two central problems facing the consumer wanting to find out about their pensions. That their data … Continue reading

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Keep the messaging simple and follow the science

Government messaging on COVID-19 has ranged from effective to baffling and the consensus is that it works best when simple. While Sage might be agonizing over strategy the early messages about staying at home, keeping your distance and saving our … Continue reading

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Your DC pension scheme may be for the chop- here’s why

  Swimming is my new thing and I swim underground in a cave by St Pauls. As I swim along I ponder esoteric things like why the DWP are putting DC schemes with less than £100m in them – in … Continue reading

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Association of Pension Lawyers dubious about tPR’s DB funding code

      Editor’s note Apologies to the APL and to readers for the poor reproduction of Rosalind Connor’s letter. This is due to the shortcomings of my PDF reading rather than a failure of the APL to correctly format … Continue reading

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Investing to secure defined outcomes

This is Stuart Fowler‘s first post on this blog. I am very pleased he is sharing this essay which focuses on the difficult challenge of investing for a pension. When I met the Chairman of the FCA I asked him if … Continue reading

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