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About henry tapper

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

PE continuation funds – “greed washing”?

  As the investment of our workplace pensions moves inexorably into  private markets, we would do well to understand the perils (as well as the advantages) of using private equity funds and employing the very clever (but sometimes unscrupulous) firms … Continue reading

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ABI sets out how auto-enrolment can work better for insurers.

    Insurers have long benefited from Government pension policy in building up their funds under management. Lobbying from the ABI has led to the establishment of personal pensions which have been used not just as a means of accumulating … Continue reading

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Railway unions and employers – look to a 3rd way to provide pensions.

RMT claim employers “Savage the Railway Pension Scheme and the TFL scheme, cutting benefits, making staff work longer, and poorer in retirement, while paying increased contributions”. https://t.co/Y7hDl3eoGG Pension cuts are part of the dispute. https://t.co/P4udmW394o — Henry Tapper (@henryhtapper) June … Continue reading

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Power to the people: Democratizing the investment landscape

This blog is from Tumelo’s Charlie Barlow. I’ve been writing about this over the past few days but not like this. Maybe this is how I’d have put it if I was 35 years younger, though I doubt I’d have … Continue reading

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“When I’m 65” – poverty’s out of sight – it should not be out of our minds.

The Institute of Fiscal Studies has done some interesting work on poverty amongst people in their mid sixties, with one extraordinary finding. Jonathan Cribb’ work which suggests that people arriving at the end of their working lives are not managing … Continue reading

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Would you and your team like a day on Lady Lucy at Henley?

As many of you will know, Lady Lucy is a 72 year old mahogany motor cruiser which has been classic boat of the year. Here she is For fifteen years I have been taking people out for day cruises at … Continue reading

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Join Con and Iain to ask “what can possibly go wrong with LDI?”

Too many webinars are promoting products, too few are discussing a product’s achieved delivery. Dr Iain Clacher and Con Keating use data to analyse the real impact of the LDI strategy on the funding position of pensions and come up … Continue reading

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USS disclosure- in need of a “deus ex machina”.

  Reading the latest acrimonious exchanges between the University Employers and the staff union UCU is a depressing business. UUK, who say they are taking their lead from the  USS pension scheme stand accused of underestimating the scale of the … Continue reading

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Alistair McQueen – “we have work to do”.

Alistair’s slide picks at the latest stats from the Office of National Statistics. This massive inequalities are that the bulk of saving activity leads to barren outcomes while pension wealth is concentrated in the hands of an elite 10% whose … Continue reading

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The world’s greatest rockstar

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