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Reach out and touch – success is a state of mind!


  Yesterday the FT published an article with a headline many predicted we’d never read again. “FTSE 100-backed pension schemes move from shortfall to surplus” About the time the article was published I received a mail from someone who turned … Continue reading

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FABI surplus continues to soar, as USS accounting deficit falls dramatically.


Much like daily temperatures , First Actuarial’s Best estimate (FAB) Index soared through  June , and the heat is on for those who’ve weaponised accounting deficits. The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) has announced a dramatic fall in 2018. The FAB Index – which provides … 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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With “good risk” , we can push the sky away.


    This from City AM’s Josh Mines The pension deficit of the UK’s 350 largest companies tumbled by a huge £16bn over the course of May, figures out today have shown. In just one month, the FTSE 350 pension … Continue reading

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Pension schemes hold record surplus


  First Actuarial reveals a record surplus in its First Actuarial Best estimate (FAB) Index. The FAB Index – which provides the aggregate position of the UK’s 6,000 defined benefit (DB) pension schemes calculated using the best estimate expected return … Continue reading

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Are you feeling DC sick?


Joy for DB is pain for DC!   I am sure I am painting too simple a picture and that I’ll be whacked over the head by my learned colleagues, but the general jubilation breaking out over UK pension scheme … Continue reading

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Catch a falling knife?


For the first time since we had pension freedoms , we have a market that appears out of control. As I write, the London Stock Exchange is preparing to open, with the FTSE lagging the S&P by 2.5%. We are … Continue reading

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As Carillion goes bust, First Actuarial shows PPF can take the strain.


Carillion’s dramatic and sudden insolvency is likely to push its 13 defined benefit (DB) schemes, and their 28,000 members, into the Pension Protection Fund (PPF). However, as reports emerge of a combined section 179 (s179) shortfall of as much as … Continue reading

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FAB Index sends us all a happy Christmas!


BAE adopts sensible funding approach as FAB Index hits all time high. BAE Systems has announced it is adopting an “asset-led” funding approach, enabling it to maintain its funding deficit at 2014 levels and continue to provide defined benefit (DB) … Continue reading

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First Actuarial warns on knee-jerk reactions to the interest rate rise


With the Bank of England doubling interest rates, First Actuarial predicts a flurry of good and bad pension headlines, but warns of misguided optimism on funding and a rush for the door fuelled by pessimism about transfer values. Good news … Continue reading

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