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Other people’s money- other people’s lives.

  I received this blog/testimony from Darren Jefferson, who many will know for his work in setting up auto-enrolment schemes over the past five years. The title’s my own, the words are his.   Don’t take other people’s money for … Continue reading

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Tomorrow’s heroes; these are the folk who will solve the AE Capacity crunch

  We’ve been doing some planning at Pension PlayPen towers . Most of our thinking is concentrated on this graph. We predict the capacity crunch at April 2015 which is the point when demand for auto-enrolment services and workplace pensions … Continue reading

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Footie chants – malicious or otherwise

let’s give ourselves a round of applause and not inflame any more bonfires. Continue reading

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Diversification and speculation are different.

I have mentioned TOBAM on this blog before, but as @firstactuarial had the good sense to invite its CEO Yves Choueifaty  to their conference yesterday and he and his assistant Lauren were kind enough to fly from Paris to Manchester and take a train … Continue reading

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“I cannot advise you on that Sir”

Here is a salutary tale for our times. Not a tragic tale – no disaster resulted – but a sad tale that demonstrates what happens when staff become scared to help customers. Anyone who has travelled on an “advanced” train ticket knows that … Continue reading

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What price certainty?

                                The cost of certainty changes in proportion to the amount of certainty. The more flexible your guarantee, the more it’s going to cost you. I … Continue reading

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24 cheers for The Pension Play Pen Lunch

There’s a fine tradition in this country of people getting together in coffee houses and taverns and sorting out how and with whom business should be transacted. This was how the insurance market was founded in London and it still is how … Continue reading

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The Pension Play Pen

The Play Pen is a linkedin group with 800 members (as at January 2011). We opened the group in December 2009 and it’s managed by myself ,Kim Gubler and a number of sub-group managers. Continue reading

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