News for week ending 18 October
In the news this week, Asda insures all its DB liabilities, with BAC’s support, September’s CPI is published and the Pension Schemes Bill finally emerges.
News week ending 31 May
In the news this week TPR publishes its analysis of schemes whose funding valuation is due this year, an entire trustee board is replaced due to lack of competence and two Scottish airports face strike action over DB closure.
Pensions Arena April 2019
Buy-in now, while stocks last?
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.
Pensions Arena October 2018
Why work hand in glove?
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.
Pensions Arena July 2018
Tales of the Unexpected
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.