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About henry tapper

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

June 21 – we’re in #Shoreditch

The Government will try to back-track, but the cat is now out of the bag. 21st June becomes the target date and though we know if we don’t hit it – we have ourselves to blame, that doesn’t stop it … Continue reading

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The saltire yet rests with Wallace where he died.

There is not a corpuscle of Scottish blood in me but I am very fond of the frozen north and the many Scots who I count as friend. This blog is devoted to Scots and in particular to messrs. George … Continue reading

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Time for master trusts to take a fresh look at retirement income?

I’m really pleased this blog is getting a lot of reads; I hope some of them are from people who fund , manage and govern our master trusts – our next great pension story! We now have primary legislation in … Continue reading

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If we have to take advice – pensions have failed

I have been in furious correspondence over the weekend with a friend , over one of the key words in today’s pension lexicon “engagement“. There is a strongly held opinion by many in pensions that we should require people to … Continue reading

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Covid-ARG reports on vaccines-hesitancy and a BMI of 28,000

Weekend Report: Issue 37 By Dan Ryan, John Roberts and Matt Fletcher COVID-ARG.COM COVID-19 Actuaries Response Group – Learn. Share. Educate. Influence. COVID-19 is still one of the hottest topics for scientific papers and articles. The COVID‑19 Actuaries Response Group … Continue reading

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Is the public too “common” for Value For Money

  I got this mail this morning from a friend who thinks very deeply about private pensions and how we can organize them to help ourselves to better retirement (while ensuring they are invested for common good). We’ve been talking … Continue reading

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What the Uber judgement means for workplace pensions

    The Uber judgement delivered by the Supreme Court today means that Uber drivers are considered workers of Uber. “Worker” has a specific meaning to pension people, it means (among many other things) that these self employed people are … Continue reading

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Making pensions as important as football

  I have received a nice email from the Pensions Minister , some of which can be shared. It would be easy for Guy Opperman, days after getting Royal Assent to the Pension Schemes Act, to sit back.  Instead  I … Continue reading

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The money behind annuities “matters” too!

We tend to forget that a very large amount of the money yet to be paid as pensions , is backed by funds held by insurers and that money is invested, not just in gilts but in a wide variety … Continue reading

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Better testing needed for a COVID-19 exit strategy – “data not dates” from Gordon Woo

  COVID-19 Actuaries Response Group – Learn. Share. Educate. Influence.   Covid-arg.com Summary Vaccines alone cannot resolve the COVID-19 crisis. We need to follow the virus, not just the disease: this requires a fully functioning NHS Testing and Tracing system … Continue reading

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