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About henry tapper

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

Are we in a stock market crash?

I’m not bothered about market corrections, I live on wages and pensions not on drawdowns from equity funds. But most people I know of my age or above, are dependent on the markets for their income and they are right … Continue reading

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How a British Steel redress scheme might work.

Stuart Fowler has produced a counter-argument to that I put forward last week, it was published before my blog and I can’t say that my blog would have changed Stuart’s argument. I will ask Stuart for permission to publish it … Continue reading

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Tik-Tok for pensions? You’d be surprised.

Damian Stancombe doesn’t have enough twitter followers- follow him – he’s always got a contrarian view and like my good friend David Harris – isn’t afraid to share it. Here he is commenting on my recently published blog on the … Continue reading

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The value of Ellie’s pension saving

I am not sure what John Ralfe had in mind when he tweeted Unless this self-employed 25 year old is paying 40% tax, they should be saving outside a pension, not inside (and possibly even if they are 40% taxayers) … Continue reading

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Vaxxing the unvaxxed – top tips from revolutionary actuaries!

                                                                                                                         http://www.covidactuaries.org Friday Report: Issue 59 By: John Roberts, Adele Groyer, Matt Fletcher and Dan Ryan 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 … Continue reading

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Nick Smith MP is right – the British Steel pension transfers are a special case.

The overall uphold rate for all BSPS cases to the Financial Ombudsman Service is around 63% in favour of steelworkers, including complaints relating to administration or delays. This compares with an overall FOS uphold rate of 40% for all cases … Continue reading

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Here they grow again – Cushon buys Creative – Pension Bee doubles assets in a year!

Cushon have won the race to absorb Creative Benefits and its highly popular master trust. Its blog tells us  that the acquisition of Creative  doubles Cushon’s sits reach  to over 400,000 members and increases AUM (including ISAs) to £1.7bn. Money … Continue reading

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A shameful shambles? The state pension needs help!

This blog argues that the issues around the State Pension are both larger and more urgent than those with the accessing of private pensions. It argues that DWP’s limited state pension helpline resources should  be bolstered by MaPS staff who … Continue reading

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Keeping private pensions as simple as the State’s.

Next month I am due to talk for an hour to the CIPP on the state pension. It would be easy to talk technically about the process behind the recalculation of the state pension age but I want to connect … Continue reading

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The impact of inflation on those with lowest pensions.

Inflation is at a thirty year high. It will hurt the poor much harder than the rich. This is why. Woke up this morning to the radio talking about the cost of living rising a further 5%. It infuriates me … Continue reading

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