Tag Archives: DB pensions

The mess we’re in (pt.1) and how we got here.

Iain  Clacher and Con Keating Since their heyday in the 1990s, UK occupational DB schemes have been winding up at a rate of about one every two days. Their replacement, DC schemes, are a poor substitute; they are tax-advantaged savings … Continue reading

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Pensions need a bonfire of regulation – (Con Keating and Iain Clacher)

This essay is motivated both by the Pensions Regulator’s consultation on its proposed code of practice for scheme funding and by papers published in recent years by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, such as “Actuarial valuations to monitor defined … Continue reading

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The nations wealth is in pensions but not in DC pots

Private pension wealth is the largest component of household wealth, marginally bigger than total property wealth, and its value has increased by more than that of property wealth too. This reflects a slight cooling in the housing market, while the … Continue reading

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So what’s this “tough new regulatory environment” for DB pensions?

  Next week I’m on holiday – but I’m not – because I’m doing loads of meetings and moderating a session at the DG DB pensions conference. What you have to do when you moderate these things is get all … Continue reading

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Why do DB transfer values make me sick?

One of the things ordinary people find hardest to work out is why their share of a defined benefit scheme can go up when stock markets go down. This happened last month where the stock market fell. But in August, … Continue reading

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Convince or collapse – the options for small DB schemes in the next decade.

    We stand on the cusp of the third decade of the 21st century. That decade is likely to see small DB schemes collapse into consolidators or stand firm with renewed conviction. I wonder if I will still be … Continue reading

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The trouble with conformity – USS latest

  The dissenting voice has long been upheld in British Universities. Minority opinions are valued as an antidote to received wisdom which all too often degenerates into herd-like conformity. So I worry when I read the justification that the USS … 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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First Actuarial on CDC (submission to W&P Select).

First Actuarial is a partnership of consulting actuaries and administrators that offers the full range of pension services to both trustees and employers. Our clients’ pension schemes range in size from £0.5 million to nearly £2 billion in assets. However, … Continue reading

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“NO!” to the PLSA’s self-serving proposals

I write as Henry Tapper , not First Actuarial, First Actuarial is a member of the PLSA and will have its own response to its DB’s Taskforce’s Opportunities for Change. A timely response now can lead to a more considered response … Continue reading

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