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Who says hospitality’s dead? Cheltenham 2017 – last call!


The Pension Play Pen Linked in Group was set up in 2007 to be an alternative to corporate hospitality for those who either couldn’t or wouldn’t accept corporate invites. The ideas was then/ is now, that when people want to … Continue reading

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Con Keating on integrated risk management-(@PensionPlayPen lunch).


If you attended the Pension PlayPen lunch on Monday March 6th, you may have wondered where I was- I was on a plane returning from India. I am told it was good fun and Con Keating called it the best … Continue reading

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5 Things I want from today’s DB Green Paper


The DWP is due to publish its Green Paper this morning. It’s an important initiative; -our defined benefit schemes are under threat but they have the potential to do much good not just to those in them, but to those who … Continue reading

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Choosing a workplace pension


    Last week, Parliament debated an amendment to the Pension Schemes Bill, suggested by the Shadow Pension Minister and quoting this blog. I am happy to have put words in Alex Cunningham’s mouth, the Government have been cavalier in … Continue reading

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“Sunspots” (Con Keating)


Although not at this week’s Pension PlayPen lunch, Con asked for an account of the conversation; I mentioned that those in the room were pleased that schemes owning large amounts of index-linked gilts, had enjoyed bumper returns last year. It … Continue reading

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2017 – a year when workplace pensions will grow up!


Restoring confidence in pensions 2017 has dawned on a different pension landscape . There are more than twice as many employers participating in workplace pensions as at any time in British history, the stock market is at an all-time high … Continue reading

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Planning Finances or Selling Insurance?


I’ve written a couple of blogs this week about my need for financial planning and my fear of wealth management. To repeat again, I don’t want to be treated as wealthy, but I do need help planning my saving and … Continue reading

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Taking possession; how’s Workie performing ?


There’s an urban (pension) myth that it’s not until your pension is worth as much as your car that you take any notice of it. My car has been written off twice and has a scrap value of £1000 so … Continue reading

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We’ve gotta horse!


    The Pension PlayPen is putting together a band of brothers/sisters to buy one and a half legs of a young German racehorse. The horse is called Moonlight Camp which should satisfy on a number of diversity grounds. But … Continue reading

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“Sustainable investment – economic imperative or political fad? ” Tomorrow’s Pension PlayPen Lunch.


  Tomorrow we will have an announcement from one of our leading DC pension plans that it is switching its default option into a fund that focusses on sustainable investments. To mark this, we will have a special pension playpen … Continue reading

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