Buy-out and Risk Management

 

 Overview

 
We can help you with:
  • identifying the key risks – schemes are typically exposed to risks such as sponsor risk, investment risk, inflation risk and longevity risk.  Understanding the extent of the risk currently being taken in each of these areas is a fundamental first step to determining an appropriate risk budget.

  • managing investment risk – understanding the impact of the pension scheme’s investment strategy on the company’s balance sheet and the cash cost, including the potential use of swaps and other investment products to manage risk and discussing the company’s view on the investment strategy with the trustees.

  • assessing longevity swaps – we have conducted detailed research into this nascent market and developed a market-leading bespoke longevity tool to help sponsors assess the exposure of their schemes to longevity risk and consider the effective price of entering into a longevity cash flow swap or longevity index hedge.

  • analysing and implementing liability reduction exercises – we have long experience of conducting enhanced transfer value exercises, exchange of pension increase exercises and early retirement exercises to generate optimum levels of liability and risk reduction.

  • analysing and executing a buy-out or buy-in – our specialist buy-out team has advised sponsors and managed dozens of pension schemes through a wide variety of buy-in and buy-out processes since 1999, focussing on meeting our clients’ specific needs in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

 

 Insights & views

 
    What options are there for managing the DC governance burden?
    20 July 2016

    ​In November 2013 the Regulator introduced a Code of Practice (Code) for the governance and administration of trust based DC schemes. Legislation came into force on 6 April 2015 introducing further requirements, including a mandatory annual Chair’s statement. A new update Code, together with accompanying guidance, is to come into force on 28 July. This note explores the options available to trustees and sponsors looking to manage their DC governance burden.

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    Deficits of UK DB schemes reach all-time high
    6 July 2016

    Brexit impacts will be evident on companies’ balance sheets at 30 June 2016, with historically low bond yields leading to lower discount rates which in turn increase the value of DB pension liabilities. We take a look at what Brexit means for sponsors of DB pension schemes, and in particular the immediate impact on accounting assumptions. We also cover the pensions problems currently being experienced by BHS and British Steel, as well as the usual updates on PPF levies and the buy-out market.

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    Pension scheme levies 2016/17
    21 June 2016

    ​Pension schemes are subject to a number of different levies. This briefing note collates previously published information to help schemes understand how much they can expect to pay in 2016/17.

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    Scheme funding: the regulator’s ninth analysis
    21 June 2016

    ​In June 2016, the Pensions Regulator (TPR) published its ninth annual analysis of valuations and recovery plans, covering valuations with an effective date falling in the year to 21 September 2014. The analysis covers scheme demographics, assumptions used and details of recovery plans.

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    Does British Steel consultation open up Pandora’s box?
    8 June 2016

    ​On 26 May 2016, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) issued a consultation setting out a range of radical options that could potentially help the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS). Whilst the consultation is apparently only focused on the BSPS, it opens up the question of whether similar options could be made available to any pension scheme with a weak employer. Some of the options proposed could also have implications for PPF levy payers.

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 Events

 
    Getting Ready for Your Next Pension Scheme Valuation
    14 September 2016
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    Punter Southall Annual Pensions Conference 2016
    29 September 2016
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    Trustee Knowledge & Understanding (TKU) Course **FULLY BOOKED**
    6 October 2016
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    Getting Ready for Your Next Pension Scheme Valuation
    24 November 2016
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    Trustee Knowledge & Understanding (TKU) Course
    8 February 2017
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    Trustee Knowledge & Understanding (TKU) Course
    14 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
    Craig Wootton
    Principal
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    020 3327 5000