Sometimes DC trustees or governance committees feel that they have objectives but they are implicit rather than explicit. bac’s role as DC governance adviser is to help the trustees articulate the high-level direction of travel, so that they are clear on what they want to achieve.
We have helped a number of clients to develop their business plan from scratch, or to revamp an existing but out-of-date plan. Our approach is to keep it simple, focus on the issues that really matter and define actions that are realistic to deliver.
We start with a thorough review of the risk register and confirmation of the key objectives for the client (trustee or governance committee). The client will then be a in a good place to develop their business plan. This should be kept at a fairly high level and used to identify actions for the short term (within one year), medium term (1 to 5 years) and long term (beyond 5 years).
In the news this week, the Chancellor’s summer statement is pensions-lite, a call for input is launched on data standards for pensions dashboards, a company looks to bring its DB scheme closure forward by four years and another large longevity swap is completed.
Covid-19 has created many challenges for DB schemes but, for those ready to transact in 2020, it may have created even more favourable market conditions for a buyout. The problem is that most schemes are not there yet. In this Briefing we look at what being “deal ready” actually means and what work it will involve.
Given the very company/scheme-specific impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, in this quarter’s Arena we simply show all the usual financial and investment analysis for what was a very turbulent first three months of 2020, plus a summary of key pension developments and Company pensions news over the quarter.
Over the autumn of 2019, BAC conducted an extensive survey of the actions which companies are taking to manage their defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) pension arrangements.
2019 marked 50 years since Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and this was obviously on the Queen’s mind in her Christmas message as she talked about a bumpy year but one with small steps of progress as well. In terms of pensions, it also felt like a year of small steps and occasional bumps. In this quarter’s Arena, we take a positive look back at 2019, as well as looking forward to some expected pension developments over 2020.