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About henry tapper

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

“Let my data go” – our plea to parliament

Submission to the Committee scrutinising the Pension Schemes Bill   1, This submission from Henry Tapper in his capacity as CEO of AgeWage and Chairperson of the Pension PlayPen. These private companies are digital resources for individuals and employers to … Continue reading

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The company pension is as good as dead

Until the turn of the millennium, most enterprise companies had their own pension scheme. Even if it wasn’t offering a defined benefit, the scheme was likely to have trustees drawn from the board with representatives nominated by members (often organised … Continue reading

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DB pensions are in a hole, let’s swap the DWP’s spade for a ladder

    Bowles my liege… It’s a great shame to read Guy Opperman excising Sharon Bowles amendment to the Pensions Act. The Bowles amendment  would give open pension schemes the capacity to be funded as ongoing concerns rather than being … Continue reading

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Plagues past (and current matters ) Covid-19 Friday report (26)

                               The Friday Report – Issue 26 By Matthew Fletcher, Nicola Oliver and John Roberts COVID-19 Actuaries Response Group – … Continue reading

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Why Steelworkers should question this pension buy-out.

  News that Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) has rescued those former members of the British Steel Pension Scheme who are currently in the PPF assessment period has been widely promoted by PIC’s financial PRs and got some  favourable coverage in … Continue reading

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Should you trust your COVID test? An actuarial look at the evidence

COVID-19 testing – False Positives: Misleading Results or False Narratives?   COVID-19 Actuaries Response Group – Learn. Share. Educate. Influence. COVID-19 case numbers in the UK have been increasing significantly in recent weeks. There has been a lot of discussion … Continue reading

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Why we all need a “master-pot”!

I’ve had to do some thinking over the past few days about small pots, partly because I shot my mouth off at a meeting with the DWP and got called for some bullish comments about consolidation by the Pensions Minister. … Continue reading

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Latest numbers on second wave from COVID-19 ARG

Latest thread covering COVID-19 admissions and deaths in English hospitals, with an updated R estimate. While the PHE dashboard hasn’t yet been updated, @NHSEngland data indicates 870 admissions today. — COVID-19 Actuaries Response Group (@COVID19actuary) October 20, 2020 Based … Continue reading

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A DC investor writes….

  Once in a blue moon I get a mail from someone who is clearly an expert in pensions  but  modest enough to recognise she/he struggles with their own money!  I feel in awe of such people! I got a … Continue reading

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Bowles, my liege! DWP’s cruel blow to open pensions

Like a U-boat slipping silently out of its berth, amendments to the Pension Schemes Bill were launched into the rough swell of political waters on Monday (19th). You can read the amendments here, though they seem to have eluded even … Continue reading

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