Advisory services

Saying this, we feel it is just as important not to bombard our clients with information for the sake of it. Our approach is to keep our clients informed about issues that will ultimately and materially impact on their pension schemes. Our communications provide timely, but succinct, advice on the generic issues. These are followed up with specific written or verbal advice as appropriate.
 

 Overview

 
Our clients tell us they value our advice because we say what we think and go the extra mile to provide solutions that address their real issues. This is what makes Punter Southall different.

Another differentiator is the depth of resource offered by the Punter Southall Group.  We have specialist teams covering all the services needed by defined benefit pension scheme trustees, including:

  • guidance to trustees on the implications of their sponsoring employer's proposals for pension scheme redesign
  • investment consulting solutions that deliver across the whole spectrum of trustee requirements
  • advice on assessing and monitoring the employer covenant
  • expertise in buy-outs, buy-ins and other de-risking products
  • advice on corporate activity affecting the pension scheme, including corporate transactions
  • advice relating to re-broking and monitoring of trustees’ insurance arrangements
  • individual advice to pension scheme members
  • advice on the management of Pension Protection Fund levies

 

 Insights and views

 
    Pension Protection Levies: Proposals for 2018/19 to 2020/21
    18 May 2017
    On 23 March 2017, the Board of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) consulted on proposed changes to the levy calculation from 2018/19 to 2020/21. The main proposals relate to the insolvency scoring with the aim of improving its predictability. This includes the use of credit ratings, industry-specific scorecards for financial institutions, a reallocation of sponsors to scorecards and a possible move away from the 12-month averaging of insolvency scores.
     
     
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    Is the Pensions Regulator getting tough on scheme funding?
    16 May 2017

    ​The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has issued its annual funding statement aimed at trustees and employers undertaking valuations with effective dates between 22 September 2016 and 21 September 2017 (2017 valuations). Whilst many of the themes in the statement are familiar from previous funding statements, TPR appears to be taking a stronger position on some issues than it has done previously.

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    CMI 2016… confirmation of a new trend?
    10 May 2017

    The Continuous Mortality Investigation (CMI) released the 2016 version of their model for projecting future improvements in longevity, CMI 2016, in March 2017. This version of the model allows for actual deaths up to the end of 2016 and projects lower future improvements in longevity than the 2015 version of the model.

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    Has the cut in the money purchase annual allowance been washed away?
    2 May 2017

    As a result of Theresa May’s call for an early general election being approved by the House of Commons on 19 April 2017, Parliament will be dissolved at one minute past midnight on 3 May 2017. 

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    Discounting disconnect and limited longevity?
    6 April 2017

    Does the current low level of gilt yields create a false funding burden for sponsoring employers? Has the pace of increases in life expectancy finally tailed off? We seek to help sponsoring employers understand the issues and look at alternative approaches for pension scheme funding.

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    Visit the Industry Insights page for news and views on the latest industry developments
 

 Events

 
    Exploring Flexibilities in Discount Rates
    8 June 2017
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    Trustee Knowledge & Understanding (TKU) Course
    14 June 2017
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    Exploring Flexibilities in Discount Rates
    15 June 2017
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    Exploring Flexibilities in Discount Rates
    20 June 2017
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    Pension Training: LGPS Training for Admission Bodies
    20 June 2017
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    Visit the Events area for all forthcoming Punter Southall seminars, conferences and events
    Speak to us

    Speak direct to our specialists in this area
    Adam Stanley
    Head of Trustee Services
    Or call us on
    020 3327 5000