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Keating on Ralfe, CDC and morality


Last week’s Corporate Advisor’s Pensions Summit featured a debate on the merits of CDC pensions. Johan Ralfe presented the “case” against the introduction of CDC. In the main, with all the showmanship of Barnum and Bailey, this resurrected old and … Continue reading

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Discount Rates and DB Pension Scheme Valuation: A history lesson from Con Keating


The question most frequently asked – “what discount rate should be used for valuing the liabilities of pension schemes?” – is problematic. Surprisingly, academics and practitioners have spilled gallons of ink, and exchanged more than a few uncivil words debating … Continue reading

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A common solution to the “retirement savings challenge”.


  I recently published Con Keating’s thoughts on why the “at retirement” decision is to complex. It is indeed the nastiest, hardest problem in finance. The blog prompted my old friend Sandy Trust to point us to the paper he … Continue reading

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“The nastiest hardest problem…” Con Keating on pension drawdown


Con Keating is currently in hospital with a poorly foot. He is a caged tiger on the ward, but the surfeit of energy has been dispelled by his putting his mind to what Bill Sharpe called the nastiest hardest problem in … Continue reading

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Here be dragons – Z59; Con Keating


Many of the opponents of CDC pensions have argued that, if introduced, they should be tightly regulated, as they are “untried and untested”. Some have even suggested that the Dutch system of regulation, with its stochastic models, risk buffers and … Continue reading

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Nuts and bolts of CDC


My twitter account is currently heavy with reproach from  John Ralfe and his followers who are demanding I deliver documents, statements and reveal confidential information about collective pension schemes; (I am also under fire for quoting Hamlet). To some this would be harassment, … Continue reading

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“Why Michael Johnson’s so wrong!” – Con Keating


Michael Johnson’s letter to Frank Field & Co on CDC (reproduced in full here) was a real disappointment. I had expected more; a new and closely reasoned critique, passionately believed, perhaps. What I got was a tired and repetitive rehearsal … Continue reading

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Why CDC risk management breaks all the DB rules – Con Keating


The advent of CDC will offer an opportunity to introduce forms and techniques for risk management which are intrinsically more efficient than those currently advocated by the Pension Regulator and which are consistent with the true duties and obligations of … Continue reading

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Con Keating’s report of David Blake’s CDC workshop


This is a personal and idiosyncratic commentary on the Pensions Institute/Netspar workshop for the exchange of experiences and views of DC plans in the UK and Netherlands. While there was little which was entirely new to me, there was much … Continue reading

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Investment aspects of CDC – Con Keating


One of the less discussed aspects of CDC is the management of the investment fund. This differs from traditional DC where the asset management objective is to maximise asset values at all times. It is intrinsically short-term. Incidentally this conflicts … Continue reading

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