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Pensions Arena April 2019

Buy-in now, while stocks last?

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2018 was a record year for UK buy-ins and buy-outs but, with demand from pension schemes continuing to grow fast, are we about to see an end to recent attractive pricing for bulk annuities?

In this article we consider why bulk annuities have been so affordable in 2018 and early 2019 and whether this is likely to change soon. We also look at how to get your scheme into the best possible shape to approach the insurance market.

And, of course, April’s Pensions Arena contains all the usual financial and investment analysis for the quarter ending 31 March 2019, presented in the BAC Dashboard.

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Pensions Arena October 2018

Why work hand in glove?

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Funding valuations have often been a source of conflict between companies and trustees. However, a growing number of companies are finding that working hand in glove with their trustees not only means a smoother valuation process but also leads to more effective funding and investment decisions.

In this Pensions Arena, which summarises our June 2018 Pensions Perspective, we explain why this often makes good sense from the sponsor’s perspective.

And, of course, October’s Pensions Arena contains all the usual financial and investment analysis for the quarter ending 30 September 2018, presented in the BAC Dashboard.

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Pensions Arena July 2018

Tales of the Unexpected

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DB pension schemes are inherently long-term in nature: the last child’s pension arising from America’s civil war is still being paid, 150 years after the war ended! This long-term nature is fundamental to how they are managed but what happens when the life of a scheme is cut short unexpectedly?

In this quarter’s Arena article, “Tales of the Unexpected”, we look at some of the ways in which sudden and unexpected short-term developments can cause issues for a scheme which is being managed in a traditional long-term way. Our focus is on practical steps that can be taken now to prevent problems in the future.

And, of course, July’s Pensions Arena contains all the usual financial and investment analysis for the quarter ending 30 June 2018, presented in the BAC Dashboard.

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Working hand in glove

Funding valuations have often been a source of conflict, or at least robust negotiation, between companies and trustees. However, a small but growing number of companies are finding that working hand in glove with their trustees not only means a smoother valuation process but also leads to more effective funding and investment decisions.

smallglovewebphotoIn this Pensions Perspective, Andrew Udale-Smith looks at how this relatively new model of working together has come about and explains why it can often make good sense from the sponsoring employer’s perspective. Andrew suggests that, although some may protest that hand in glove was the way companies and trustees used to work, before the Regulator and a scheme-specific funding regime arrived on the scene in 2005, in most cases, that was often a relationship in which the company called the shots and the trustees followed. The model Andrew discusses here is quite different.

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Pensions Arena April 2018

White paper casts long shadow

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The Government’s White Paper heralds major developments in the funding and regulation of DB pension schemes, but it will be at least two years before these are law. Meanwhile, how do sponsors and trustees respond?

In this quarter’s Arena we consider the shadow which the White Paper will cast over funding valuations and corporate transactions which take place between now and 2020.

And, of course, April’s Pensions Arena contains all the usual financial and investment analysis for the quarter ending 31 March 2018, presented in the BAC Dashboard.

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