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

 
    Pensions Bulletin September 2014
    4 September 2014
    69 AD is known to ancient historians as ‘The Year of Four Emperors’. It was a year in which four men in turn (Galba, Otho, Vitellius and Vespasian) tried their luck at the imperial throne following the death of Nero. For pensions professionals, 2014 will be remembered as the ‘Year of Four Bills’.
     


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    Pension Schemes Bill redefines pensions (again)
    14 July 2014

    The Chancellor’s Budget announcement of greater flexibility over retirement benefits has led to a major reinterpretation of what the word ‘pension’ means in a defined contribution context. Meanwhile, the Department for Work and Pensions
    (DWP) has been working on its own redefinition of pensions in a wider context, in the shape of the Pension Schemes Bill, which was laid before Parliament on 26 June 2014.

     

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    Corporate Bulletin Quarter 2 2014
    8 July 2014
    Welcome to this new edition of our quarterly bulletin aimed at defined benefit (DB) sponsors. We provide an overview of market conditions and the range of accounting assumptions sponsors may wish to use for their interim or annual disclosures at 30 June 2014 alongside market news regarding pension buy-outs and de-risking.
     


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    Pensions Bulletin June 2014
    3 June 2014

    In the latest issue of our Pensions Bulletin, we look at the changing pensions environment, focusing on transitional regulations on the definition of money purchase, the arrival of the Pensions Act 2014 onto the statute books and a consultation on regulations relating to the abolition of defined benefit contracting out.

    The Bulletin also looks at some other recent developments, including the first enforcement report for non-compliance with the employer duties legislation, the IBM case and a draft Statement of Recommended Practice on company accounts.

     


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    Corporate Bulletin: Quarter 1 2014
    3 April 2014
    Welcome to this new edition of our quarterly bulletin aimed at defined benefit (DB) sponsors. The recent budget has hit the headlines with some real implications for employers and their pension scheme members. We also talk about the financial conditions at 31 March 2014 and how these might impact pension disclosures at this quarter end alongside market news regarding pension buy-outs and de-risking.
     


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

 Events

 
    Trustee Training - Trustee Knowledge and Understanding (Intensive)
    30 September 2014
    This course addressed the knowledge and understanding requirements
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    Budget Pension Changes: Breakfast Briefing for Pension Schemes and Corporates
    8 October 2014
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    Budget Pension Changes: Breakfast Briefing for Pension Schemes and Corporates
    9 October 2014
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    Budget Pension Changes: Breakfast Briefing for Pension Schemes and Corporates
    14 October 2014
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    Budget Pension Changes: Breakfast Briefing for Pension Schemes and Corporates
    15 October 2014
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    Trustee Training - Trustee Knowledge and Understanding (Intensive)
    4 December 2014
    This course addressed the knowledge and understanding requirements
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    Budget Pension Changes: Breakfast Briefing for Pension Schemes and Corporates
    9 December 2014
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    Budget Pension Changes: Breakfast Briefing for Pension Schemes and Corporates
    10 December 2014
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    Speak to us

    Speak direct to our specialists in this area
    Neil Lalley
    Head of Employer Services
    Or call us on
    020 3327 5000