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

 
    Revised draft DC Code of Practice and Guidance
    25 May 2016

    ​On 9 May 2016, the Pensions Regulator’s (TPR’s) revised defined contribution (DC) Code of Practice was laid before Parliament, where it will remain for 40 days before coming into force in July. At this point, TPR will publish final versions of its ‘how to’ guides which support the new Code, together with its revised compliance and enforcement policy.

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    Queen’s Speech: Pensions Bill announced
    18 May 2016

    ​As had been expected, today (18 May 2016) saw the announcement of a Pensions Bill following the Queen’s Speech. Slightly disappointingly, Her Majesty did not actually mention it in the speech itself, although she did refer to the Lifetime Savings Bill which will provide the legislative framework for the Lifetime ISA.

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    The Pensions Regulator sets out its latest expectations for scheme funding
    13 May 2016

    ​The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has issued its annual funding statement aimed at trustees and employers undertaking valuations with effective dates between 22 September 2015 and 21 September 2016.

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    Employers taking charge of pension issues
    6 April 2016

    This quarter has seen the release of our scheme funding survey and new guide for employers. Employers have a key input into covenant, investment and funding issues and they may not have realised their influence and the alternatives that are available to the status quo. Armed with some new ideas, employers can be proactive and confident when engaging with trustees.

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    6 April 2016: 10 years after A-Day
    5 April 2016

    6 April 2006 (‘A-Day’) saw the introduction of a new ‘simplified’ tax regime for pensions as well as a number of other important developments. Ten years on, 6 April 2016 looks likely to be an equally significant date.

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 Events

 
    Trustee Knowledge & Understanding (TKU) Course
    6 July 2016
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    Punter Southall Annual Pensions Conference 2016
    29 September 2016
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    Trustee Knowledge & Understanding (TKU) Course
    6 October 2016
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    Getting Ready for Your Next Pension Scheme Valuation
    24 November 2016
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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
    Or call us on
    020 3327 5000