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“April 2018 – a nudge too far?” Pension Play Pen Lunch – Monday 4th September

In little more than six months time , auto-enrolment will face its next big test. Minimum contributions to workplace pensions will increase from 1% employer and 1% employee to 2% employer and 3% employee. The contributions need only be paid … Continue reading

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Taking care of the “social” in housing.

Paying for the improvements in our social housing, to improve safety is going to be expensive. You wonder where the money will come from, or at least I did till I read a good article by Merryn Somerset-Webb in the … Continue reading

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Brexit sets our pensions free!

We are where we are; Brexit is changing things. Brexit is a disruptor of old certainties and a bringer of new opportunities. The pensions and savings industry has grown fat on the old certainties but is now being confronted by populist … Continue reading

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Cheer up this strike’n’ing Monday with good cheer at the Playpen lunch!

  For many of us, this will be the first working Monday since December 19th. Christmas and New Year holidays have immunised us against the Monday morning blues. So a return to work for Londoners that includes the ongoing disruption … Continue reading

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The (currently) sad state of Linked in Groups

Have you noticed how much harder it has become to find and use your linked in group? I run a number of groups, the biggest of which is the Pension Play Pen with over 7000 members. We have enjoyed steady growth … Continue reading

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Endorsements and the creep of the middleman

  There is a problem in financial services with “intermediation”. It’s a horrible word! But putting that aside, there is a temptation for every Tom, Dick and Harriet to stand between the customer and the investment. Pension PlayPen is of … Continue reading

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Yesterday was a shocker!   As many of you know, (from first hand experience), I spend much of the summer driving my boat and guests up and down the Thames. Yesterday was no exception. What made yesterday different, was my … Continue reading

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Ten things everyone should know about workplace pensions

              Pensions are difficult; how can buyers choose one from another? Look from the list of categories at the attributes that IFAs consider important when deciding on a pension? Confused? …… I was! The traditional … Continue reading

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Join us jolly girls and boys on the bus to Cheltenham 2015

A good way to get through January and February is to have some craic in March. This is what we do in the Pension Play Pen. On Tuesday March 10th . 50 of us will congregate at Paddington for breakfast, … Continue reading

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“Collaboration” is not a dirty word

      In this article, I am setting out First Actuarial’s and Pension PlayPen’s auto-enrolment strategy for 2015 and beyond. It is a strategy that sets out to collaborate with not compete with advisers.   Why we chose to work … Continue reading

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