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About henry tapper

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

Can pensions save the planet? Not with TPR’s proposed DB funding code!

I received an interesting update earlier today on a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference on ‘Can Pensions Save the Planet?’ One of the people talking was Caroline Escott from Railpen, covering some of the important work Railpen has … Continue reading

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Architects of our own demise?

We get the Governments we deserve, that’s my view of how the democratic process works. We got a Government in late 2019 to “get Brexit done” and within a few weeks , that Government was confronted by a pandemic , … Continue reading

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Con Keating and Edi Truell (a trilogy in the making?)

Con Keating has sent me this post, in reply to Edi Truell’s recent linked in post on his recent blog “Safe as Houses”. I no longer subscribe to Linked-In (I find its security appalling) but I have been told that … Continue reading

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Time to take Tyson Fury to our heart.

Can’t count out @Tyson_Fury 😤 #FuryWilder3 pic.twitter.com/kI4y15d7hc — ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) October 10, 2021 Tyson Fury is Britain’s outstanding sporting superstar. But he is unloved by the sporting establishment and held at arms length by the politicians and business people … Continue reading

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“Safe as Houses” – Con Keating on investment and speculation

This piece by Con Keating was first published in Professional Pensions  In early 2020, in order to explore the potential for Collective Defined Contribution (CDC) pensions, I began an extensive project to investigate the investment performance of the major asset … Continue reading

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Would you countenance a pensions pay-cut?

We all want an annuity- we all hate annuities Back in the early noughties, Watsons had a powerful team of thinkers who had cottoned on to the problems of moving from DB to DC pensions. The insurance and investment teams … Continue reading

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“Welcome to the corridors of corruption” (Con Keating unedited)

This article first appeared in Professional Pensions , a little edited and under the title “state goals won’t override my duty. This is the unexpurgated version published the day after the Prime Minister outlined his vision for Britain at his … Continue reading

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National Pension Tracing Day is 31st October

I’ll be promoting National Pension Tracing Day all this month. Let’s hope we can find a way to get the National broadcasters interested in the issue. Alan Morahan has got the backing of many of the large insurers and I … Continue reading

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The City’s not remotely working.

  Today, the Prime Minister is going to urge Britain to go back to work. He’s been saying much the same since June. People don’t seem to paying him much notice. I thought to write a little about how I … Continue reading

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IGCs duties to savers are clear, their duties to spenders aren’t.

The latest statement of intent by the FCA to improve value for money in workplace pensions arrived yesterday as Policy Statement  21/12.  This is not a discussion paper but new rules which came into force yesterday and the not so … Continue reading

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