Tag Archives: Britain

An Apple a day, 700 reasons not to stay!


General angst, everywhere but here! There are a lot of people getting very angry about the EU’s determination that Apple should be paying Euro 13bn in tax to the Irish Government. Apple aren’t happy at the prospect of corporate profits … Continue reading

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Hilary Salt gets a touch of the William Blakes!


Arise you actuaries from your slumber (guest blog from Hilary Salt) I’ve found the last few weeks exhilarating. For the first time in perhaps 30 years, there’s been a real political debate in Britain. A debate where it clearly mattered … Continue reading

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Britain unproductive? Small wonder!


“Now is not the time to change pensions tax relief”. The words of the Treasury’s press release that spelt the end of radical pensions reform (for now). Oh what an opportunity missed – and for what? To keep a party … Continue reading

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What’s the point of banks?


News that the HSBC is to slash it’s costs by $5bn. spells trouble for 6,000 British workers and their families. It will probably be seen as good news to the shareholders of the bank but what of the customers? There was … Continue reading

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Who’s risk is it anyway? How Canada and Britain are dumping pension risk


I’m off to Manhattan to talk to a couple of hundred Canadian pension experts. This is broadly what is going to be said, I’ll be sharing the stage with a couple of Canadian pension experts and (if you open the presentation), … Continue reading

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Do you want to be a Pension PlayPen Agent?


If you fancy helping your clients to get the right workplace pension to suit their payroll and provide best outcomes for their staff, you should register as an agent at http://www.pensionplaypen.com/register . Helping your clients to use our service doesn’t … Continue reading

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If I were Steve Webb..


tomorrow I must pretend to be Steve Webb and speak to an NAPF group as if I were him Continue reading

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Into the heart of darkness – ooops Midlothian!


Let’s hope he gets a great turnout and that we have as lively a debate as ever Continue reading

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Working for the clampdown?


“what are we going to do now?” Joe Strummer asked in 1979. Are we still working for the Clampdown? Continue reading

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“We grow old, we grow old” – a budget day blog


It’s budget day. I was asked to be a commentator on a budget briefing this afternoon but I’m not good on economics – more interested in nuts and bolts. All the same, it’s useful sometimes to stick your head up and … Continue reading

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