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About henry tapper

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

The Regulator’s not for turning; in conversation with David Fairs,

  David Fairs and I were born within a couple of months and have both spent our careers in pensions. We enjoy each other’s company so when David suggested that we spent the last 90 minutes of the business week … Continue reading

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CDC works because DC and DB pensions don’t.

  My blog yesterday, praising Willis Towers Watson for having the courage of its convictions has received considerable attention, with comment generally being unfavorable , ranging from the politely skeptical Interesting stuff, Henry. The fact that you are happy with … Continue reading

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Is Salesman Simon a pension scammer? I think not!

Simon Eagle is not your common or garden pension salesman. He is a mild-mannered actuary with a mischievous smile and a stammer that he has bravely overcome. When he claims that CDC beats drawdown by 57%, we should listen up. … Continue reading

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C-19 actuaries Friday report strikes optimistic notes

                                          Covid-arg.com Friday Report: Issue 28 By Matt Fletcher, Dan Ryan and John Roberts COVID-19 Actuaries Response Group – Learn. … Continue reading

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Time to put a stop to the pseudo-science of life-styling

For 25 years, “life-styling” has been the accepted wisdom for defined contribution pension schemes in the UK. Pension experts now use the phrase without thought to the confusion of a public for whom lifestyle means something altogether different from the … Continue reading

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Saul Jacka on “Regulation, risk and (defined benefit) pensions”

  Published with the kind permission of the author.

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Respect small pension pots, they simmer our dreams

I was lucky to be invited to listen to Chris Curry yesterday at a DWP convened meeting to think about the issues around small pots. Much of the information discussed was proprietary to the DWP so I can’t share the … Continue reading

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Andrew Bailey – please stick to banking!

Andrew Bailey’s excursions into pension politics A couple of months ago, Andrew Bailey spoke out against Superfunds which he claimed undermined the security of pensions by taking money away from insurers and  invested in the market for growth. He argued … Continue reading

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Boris Johnson’s 10 point plan for a green industrial revolution

This article first appeared in the Financial Times -17/11/20. To access the links you need to be an FT subscriber. Slowly but surely humanity is taking the upper hand in the fight against the virus. We have not won yet. … Continue reading

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Pension Bee floats for £300m – MPs dither over dashboards

    Two things caught my eye yesterday evening. The first was a comment made in parliament by Nigel Mills MP on protecting people from themselves and denying them access to digital consolidation via a dashboard. Nanny state The Government … Continue reading

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