In the future, pension schemes may have to hold more cash or liquid assets in their strategic asset allocation. The impact on return is a key consideration. With the right allocations, this can be done without unduly impacting return.
Continue reading “Cash is King”
Many defined benefit schemes are in a position where they experience negative cashflows. This happens because each month or year as they pay more in benefits than they receive in contributions. There is nothing wrong with this, of course. In fact, … Continue reading Walking Uphill: How to Manage Negative Cashflows
Derivatives can be powerful risk management tools for pension schemes, but the amount of assets that need to be held as collateral (to provide a buffer against adverse market movements) needs to be set carefully and monitored regularly as part of the scheme’s overall strategic asset allocation. The amount is likely to be between 26% and 40% of assets, depending on which stage the scheme is in.
Continue reading “Collateral – How Much Is the Right Amount?”
Every pension scheme is unique. Each differs in its current position, where it is looking to go and also by the constraints it faces.
That said, there are commonalities which can help schemes understand where they are now and prepare for where they go next. Using the language of chess, we believe there are three distinct and progressive stages in which all schemes operate:
- Opening Game
- Middle Game
- End Game
Continue reading “How to Know Which Stage Your Scheme Is In”
Most pension scheme trustees would agree on one thing. Long-term interest rates are at low levels in the UK today (compared to their history). It’s easy to find explanations for this among economists. It’s just as easy to find predictions … Continue reading Liability Hedging – A Rock and a Hard Place
The landscape for managing pension schemes continues to change.. Now, more than ever, pension trustees and corporate sponsors are facing a number of challenges: lower yields, sponsor balance sheet and new regulations to name a few. However, the fundamental problem … Continue reading How can you adopt a more integrated approach to fund deficits?
In our previous RedBlog post, my colleague Dan discussed how to incorporate expected rate rises into the liability hedging decision. In this piece I offer an alternative perspective on yields and liability hedging. A Little Background Over the last few … Continue reading Liability hedging in a rising rate environment
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Download the PDF version for offline viewing In May 2015 the UK reported its first year-on-year fall in the Consumer Price Index since the official CPI series began in 1996, with a -0.1% reading. Given pension schemes pay … Continue reading Should Pension Schemes Fear Deflation?