Tag Archives: defined benefit

Investing to secure defined outcomes

This is Stuart Fowler‘s first post on this blog. I am very pleased he is sharing this essay which focuses on the difficult challenge of investing for a pension. When I met the Chairman of the FCA I asked him if … Continue reading

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BONFIRE. Keating and Clacher conclude their articles on the DB funding code

We began this series of blogs and articles with a call for a bonfire of regulation; at the very least we should start with this proposed Funding Code. Continue reading

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A practical illustration of Contractual Accrual Rates – Clacher and Keating

  In this article Con Keating and Iain Clacher explain an alternative to the current way we require DB schemes to be funded. It challenges received thinking and offers a way forward to regulators struggling to find an acceptable funding … Continue reading

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The other way to value DB schemes- Clacher and Keating.

  DB scheme value Valuation – the long way round Our blog (May 28th) calling for a bonfire of pension regulation led to a surprising amount of interest and a wide range of questions and even some requests for expansion … Continue reading

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Pension Deficits (and Surpluses) – where do you stand on #FABI ?

Rather than kick off with  the FAB index this month, I thought to promote the response it’s publication this morning has received. On the one hand there is Paul Lewis, who (for me) stands  for common sense and the ordinary person. … Continue reading

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Con Keating on the Rules of Evidence and The Defined Benefit White Paper.

This post is from Con Keating and first appeared in Portfolio Institutional Alongside its new DB white paper (Protecting Defined Benefit Pension Schemes) the Department of Work and Pensions published a summary of the responses to the earlier DB Green … Continue reading

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IFAs and the defined benefit promise

  This article explores the relationship between IFAs and defined” benefit schemes, one that has historically been uneasy. It argues that the polarisation of opinion between IFAs who see pensions as “pots” of wealth, and those who regard them as a … Continue reading

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Defining the benefit of CDC – Con Keating on “CDB”.

The pension experts have great fun rubbishing Frank Field’s inquiry into CDC. Here’s why Frank says he’s doing it. “What the select committee is aiming for is to retain some of the best features of company schemes in a different age when employers … Continue reading

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A brave and timely response to UUK’s proposals

  I was wondering how to react to news that the UUK (the employers of university staff) is proposing to axe future Defined Benefit accrual into the USS. Anger or sorrow seemed the two main candidates as I flew back last night. I was … Continue reading

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So you want to pay your own pension costs- do you?

A new twist to the Pension Transfer Debate has been introduced by Willis Towers Watson (WTW) at a seminar last Tuesday at their London offices. At the event, consultants reported a ripple effect caused by the surge in members transferring out. WTW … Continue reading

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