Tag Archives: Deficits

FAB index up despite fall in gilt yields!


  In contrast to the PPF 7800 index and other commentators’ indices, First Actuarial’s Best estimate (FAB) Index improved in February to a surplus of £288bn across the 6,000 UK defined benefit schemes. This was despite a sharp fall in … Continue reading

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The ABI goes FABI on claims!


    Readers of this blog listening to the ABI’s Huw Evans on Wake up to Money, may have been spluttering into their tea and biscuits! The ABI are faced with a cut in the discount rate used to calculate compensation … Continue reading

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More FAKE NEWS on pension deficits #FABI


The Government’s just published its green paper ‘Security and Sustainability in Defined Benefit Pension Schemes’. It’s already generated knee-jerk headlines claiming 11m employees could see their pensions cut. The green paper refers to “under-funded schemes” and “stressed employers”, but can’t … Continue reading

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The Alice in Wonderland world of pension deficits.


FTSE grows, deficits up? The first business day of the month is pension horror month where JLT announce new angles on the disastrous state of our Defined Benefit schemes. Deficits actually fell last month but JLT still managed to report … Continue reading

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Shouldn’t Pension Schemes CREATE jobs? #CIPD


News that ballooning pension deficits are hitting profits and leading to hiring freezes is both unwelcome and unacceptable. Pension schemes should be benefiting UK businesses, enabling them to retire those becoming less productive and hire the best new talent. But … Continue reading

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Two months in and FABI makes its point


While other indices see wild volatility in the deficit positions of the PPF7800, the FABI index is already showing the material advantage of a smoothed approach to valuations. To put it in behavioural terms, you don’t have to popping champagne … Continue reading

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