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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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Thanks – it’s a delight to do business with you!


    It’s a real delight speaking to micro businesses about pensions. You might think a simple question like “which one do you think is best?” would become boring, now we’re closing in on 5000 employers who’ve asked us it. … Continue reading

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The pernicious effect of NEST’s market distortion


Yesterday I wrote about the unsatisfactory outcome of an industry discussion with NEST. The PLSA debate on mastertrusts at their annual conference failed to properly engage with NEST’s ongoing role in the UK pensions market and the ambiguity of its … Continue reading

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Stop telling people what to do! (Michelle cracks the whip)


If you don’t know Michelle, then you should. She is the living, breathing soul of TPAS, an actuary who has forgotten how to be boring and a restorer of confidence in pensions. As the photos on this blog suggest – … Continue reading

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“Rape and Kill” – why the public are turning off retirement advice.


Thanks to the PPI for the second Future Book – Unravelling Workplace Pensions. The 2016 Edition of the PPI’s study on workplace pension is published today. Getting data on the state of workplace pensions has always been tricky. If you … Continue reading

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