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About henry tapper

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

Pension Awareness Day and the Cost of Living Crisis

But Google “Pension Awareness Day” and this is what you get… The UK is facing a challenge we are not saving enough for the future. We all want to retire someday and you can’t keep relying on that lottery win … Continue reading

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Should regulators be enforcers?

  Tim Thomas asked this question at a TTF seminar  this lunchtime. His conclusion was they considered themselves a world-class regulator and a reluctant enforcer. From comments made by Andrew Bailey (former CEO) and Mark Steward (former head of enforcement) … Continue reading

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How the FCA failed those sold Blackmore Bonds.

Last night’s excellent Panorama on the Blackmore Bond scandal, was pitched precisely to explain how ordinary savers were duped by unscrupulous fraudsters who have outwitted the FCA. What is most worrying is that the FCA were shown to have repeatedly … Continue reading

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Boomers – confused! Does my generation get “retirement”?

Dunstan Thomas has published a consumer study that tells me what I knew from personal experience, that my generation – “the boomers”, don’t know much about retiring or retirement.  Here is how it announces itself. Exploring Baby Boomers’ Lengthening Journeys … Continue reading

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Why you shouldn’t miss BBC’s 9 O’clock Panorama tonight

There is no better way to understand savings scamming than through listening to victims talk. Publicity of scams increases awareness and makes it harder for scammers to rob. Though some may get a prurient satisfaction from watching this program, I … Continue reading

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Keating and Clacher explain the threat from the proposed DWP funding regulations

DB Funding Regulations  The story so far The DB Funding Code is back on the agenda following the DWP’s draft funding regulations and comments in the FT from TPR Chair, Sarah Smart. The proposals have brought a number of criticisms … Continue reading

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How the Evolve pensions measure value for money – Pension PlayPen – 10.30am today

Paul Bannister is a remarkable fellow, a brilliant runner he was laid low with Covid and when I met him last summer , he was sapped for energy. But now he’s back! His Strava posts are awesome and he’s running … Continue reading

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Happy independence day India!

Today is Lav’s 65th birthday. For decades, Lav has been looking forward to this day – not just because it’s Indian Independence Day, but because it should have been the day he formally retired. But though Lav is 65, he … Continue reading

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Is the dashboard for members or fraudsters? We decide!

For many pension schemes, the pension dashboard sits higher on the risk register than as something to look forward to. But if there were an “opportunity register”,  I’d be putting the pension dashboard at the top of the list! In … Continue reading

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“Won’t forget that trip in a hurry!”

There is a providence that shapes our end and at 6.24pm yesterday evening I thanked my lucky star. My wonderful crew from Langley, led by the great Lav Gogna were approaching Hurley Lock. I jumped from Lady Lucy to land … Continue reading

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