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Why #Accountex is so great!


Every year I feel compelled to write something quite uncritical and totally over the top about Accountex. This year is no different.   People know that the accountancy practices- and especially their payroll departments are the true heroes of auto-enrolment … Continue reading

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A suffocating man craves the foulest stench.


Such is the pressure on trustees and sponsors of our defined benefit schemes to appear solvent, that they welcome the transfer of their potential pensioners to “cash” as a suffocating man breathes fetid gas. It is within the capacity of … Continue reading

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Why I’m learning from Stephen Kelly


Business mentors are important. For some years I’ve looked at Martin Lewis as an example. I have exploited a gap in conviction based thought leadership in pensions to build this blog and help develop Pension PlayPen as a brand that … Continue reading

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Time for a clear out


Big decisions like BREXIT kelp declutter the mind. Some of the most powerful thought-pieces I have read from Nigel Wilson, Steve Kelly and other business leaders have been about the need to return our focus to the fundamentals , the … Continue reading

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50 shades of “Workie”.


Are all Workplace Pensions the same? Can we distinguish one “Workie” from another? Are all Workies equal – or are some Workies more equal than another? For those not familiar with the adverts- Workie is a Technicolor creature, designed by … Continue reading

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Choosing our “Workie”- how hard can we make it?


This week and for weeks to come , I am out and about talking with the payroll partners of large accountancy practices who feel they have no choice but to help their employer clients through auto-enrolment. I’m doing this work … Continue reading

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Tidings of great joy from the ICAEW


Auto-enrolment is a worry to accountants. Estimates are pretty consistent that around two thirds of all employers staging auto enrolment will look to accountants for compliance with auto-enrolment regulations and help with choosing and setting up a workplace pension. Unfortunately … Continue reading

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Creative Pension Trust? – don’t ask me!


  Industry gossip or genuine cause for concern? A number of conversations I had at yesterday’s Capacity Crunch conference at the Friends of Auto-Enrolment focussed on the febrile finances of  master trust arrangements. In particular, the arrangement between the trustees and … Continue reading

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People’s Pension announces one-off fee – world comes to an end!


If you were to read some of the reactions to the announcement yesterday by People’s Pension that they would be charging employers either £500 or £300 to set up a pension with them, you’d think that some intermediaries had just … Continue reading

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“A question of trust”- accountants and auto-enrolment pensions.


I’m not going to quote Einstein’s definition of insanity as that would be madness. To understand how tactical short-cuts spiral into destruction look at what PPI has done to the share price of our high-street banks This blog is for accountants who … Continue reading

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