Tag Archives: Deficit

Narrowing the range of thought…


I get back from a few days in the North East to this headline in Corporate Adviser First Actuarial versus the world: DB’s glass half full or half empty? (you can read the article on the link at the bottom) … Continue reading

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Plugging phoney deficits does no good!


We have become fixated with phoney pension deficits, now a British pension consultancy is suggesting we can plug phoney deficits with real money, the dividends that support “other people’s pensions. This is what we think of the phoney deficits. Our … Continue reading

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FABI says “no no” to the deficit yo-yo!


The First Actuarial Best-estimate Index (FABI) continues on a more predictable flight. An actuary speaks! Rob Hammond, who oversees the number crunching behind FABI says: “Yo-yo deficits do nothing to restore people’s confidence in their pensions. FABI paints a truer … Continue reading

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FABI – taking the crisis out of pensions!


It is now three months since we launched our First Actuarial Best estimate Index (or FAB Index for short). It has generated a significant amount of interest amongst our clients and across the wider pensions industry – and has even … Continue reading

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A Christmas present for UK pension plc


The Pension Protection fund published its monthly update on Tuesday. The news slipped out quietly (as good news generally does). The aggregate deficit of the 5,794 schemes in the PPF 7800 Index is estimated to have decreased over the month to … Continue reading

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“Breaking ranks” with a pernicious orthodoxy.


  In a significant interview with the FT, Michael Higgins, former chair of the Pension Regulator and chair of a £12bn pension trust argues that valuing pension liabilities using the gilt yield is leading to a …. “significant misallocation of resources — … Continue reading

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The risk in “de risking”


Defined benefit pensions are delicate mechanisms designed for the purpose of providing pensions for generations of employees. Decisions taken in the last twenty years first to close DB schemes to new entrants, then to future accrual to current members and … Continue reading

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“It’s not what you’re saying, it’s what we’re hearing”. DB needs clearer messaging.


I hate falling out with old friends so I wasn’t happy when Raj Mody phoned me and told me that I’d pissed him off. Well he put it more mildly than that but when an actuary says he’s disappointed, you … Continue reading

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Pension deficits down/up- last month/yesterday -WHATEVER!


PWC have published their monthly survey of the state of British pension funds. It shows that pension fund deficits have fallen markedly, not because lots of pensioners have died, or because the stock market went through the roof, but because … Continue reading

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DB Deficits- the real story; the Pension Regulator blogs.


TPR have gone social and set up its own blog; this is blog #1 from Policy Head Andrew Warwick-Thompson. Well done to the tPR and well done to Andrew for this nugget of optimism about Britain’s DB plans. Looking at … Continue reading

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