Author Archives: henry tapper

About henry tapper

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

Judging the net zero pledges of workplace pensions

Competition between workplace pension providers has been a great boon to the 11 million new savers who have payroll contributions being made towards a retirement pot. The vast majority of the retirement pots being built up are likely to see … Continue reading

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Crypto lives outside the regulatory perimeter – just let it burn.

Apparently the crypto boom has burst for the Miami nightclubs that prospered on the extravagance of crypto nerds who made and paid for their parties in bit coin. The new partygoers were “95 per cent men, young . . . with a kind … Continue reading

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Covid currently on the wane – unlike excess deaths – C19 Friday report

                                                                                                                         http://www.covidactuaries.org Friday Report: Issue 73 By: Adele Groyer & John Roberts Covid-19 Actuaries Response Group – Learn. Share. Educate. Influence.   Covid-19 is still among the most important health topics for scientific papers and articles. The Covid‑19 Actuaries Response … Continue reading

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How linkedin is winning eyeballs

  Linked in is the least sexy social media platform ever, but it has 750m + members which is more than one in ten people on the planet and in developed countries, especially those for whom English is the lingua … Continue reading

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Capturing the prize – or why you shouldn’t bet money you don’t have!

    Was the  football side that beat Iran 6-2 an average team that played well or was the that drew with the USA a good team that played poorly? Our view of the England’s performance in the world cup … Continue reading

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Find out how the PPF used LDI as part of its pension strategy

I think this will be a really excellent discussion. Register or log in to http://www.pensionplaypen.com to attend. (events)

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LDI – the full unexpergated story

This is a text of an after-dinner speech I gave to the Pensions Network on Thursday November 24th. Our story begins in 2004 when the UK adopted an accounting standard that discounted pension scheme liabilities to the AA Corporate bond … Continue reading

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Small DB schemes – LDI’s unconsidered victims

  The PLSA has around 1400 members, give or take the odd  DC master trust, the vast majority run DB pension schemes. You can find who they are if you purchase the PLSA database The industry bible “Pension Fund and … Continue reading

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Digital Shiny Objects – a blog on crypto-currency and trust by John Mauldin

By John Mauldin | Nov 19, 2022  (thanks to Per Andelius for sharing)   Financial crises are really about trust. They tend to occur when people lose trust in assets, institutions, or people they had thought trustworthy. Whether the lost … Continue reading

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It’s leverage wot dunnit!

Hidden borrowing, hidden losses and a hidden group of victims from the LDI crisis – that’s what came out of yesterday’s remarkable evidence sessions held in committee room 16 of the House of Commons. Hidden borrowing. The legal argument about … Continue reading

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