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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

Is Britain full up?

Reading the Office of National Statistics “National Population Projection“, I’d answer that question “no”. If anything it seems we are not growing as a population as fast as we’d expected. The UK’s population is projected to increase by 3 million … Continue reading

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For everyone’s sake – let’s sort pension savings incentives this budget.

    Diversity is about including and it’s so important to pensions that we now have a minister of pensions and financial inclusion. A big part of the minister’s job is to create diversity – including not just men and … Continue reading

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The wealthy fool and everyman are one combined

  There ought to be an extra class of vulnerable customer in the FCA’s definitions – “the wealthy fool”. We all know that a fool and his (and it generally is a his) money’s easily parted but we have the … Continue reading

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Boris and those letters – the legal facts.

Sometimes only a thread of tweets will do. Thanks to David Allen Green, who’s a legal correspondent to the FT and to Jo Cumbo- who promoted the tweets, I got it. Here’s the thread , click here for the man … Continue reading

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Learning how to buy pensions.

Mark Ormston who works for Retirement Line has written an excellent blog on linkedin. This is my version of his blog. Are people taking sub-optimal annuity decisions? The figures in the circles are  taken from the FCA Retirement income data report … Continue reading

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Those chants don’t seem so funny now – a depressing day for Yeovil fans.

Yesterday’s was the first Saturday afternoon I’ve spent at home since March. I had thought to go to Haringey to watch Yeovil against Haringey in the preliminary round of the FA Cup but thought against it as my son is … Continue reading

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Concerns about Pension Dashboard transparency (and how to calm them)

  “The Pensions Schemes Bill makes provision for Pensions Dashboards which will provide everyone with clear simple access to all of their pension information on one portal”. This quote, from Francis Goss, who is on the dashboard working group, tells … Continue reading

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That was the week (that was)

This week has seen a Pensions Bill make it into the Queen’s Speech, the Pensions Regulator’s Stakeholder Conference (Monday) , the Owen James Meeting of Minds (Tuesday) and the PLSA conference (Wednesday to Friday). And then there’s the minor political … Continue reading

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Thumbs up for PLSA’s Retirement Living Standards

It’s a shame that the timing of the PLSA’s big reveal coincided with the announcement of the  Brexit agreement. It hasn’t got much airplay and frankly- even the PLSA annual conference seemed a little underwhelmed. The PLSA have launched a … Continue reading

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“I’ve a PHD in economics – not gloomy economics” Wilson at #PLSAannual19

Our great cities aren’t overbuilt but under demolished- says Nigel Wilson of @LGIM #PLSAannual19 pic.twitter.com/qAeQWimbvz — Pension Plowman (@henryhtapper) October 16, 2019 For me the highlight of day one of the PLSA Annual Conference was Nigel Wilson’s keynote – “The … Continue reading

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