Business plans

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We have helped a number of clients to develop their business plan from scratch, or to revamp an existing but out-of-date plan.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).

25 September 2020

In the news this week, the CMI asks for industry views on how to allow for 2020’s mortality experience, the DWP launches a small pots working group, the autumn Budget is abandoned but the Chancellor announces new measures to help businesses, the Barclays scheme subscribes to a Barclays bond and there is another repeat buy-in.

Endgame planning

Journey plans or glide paths may have been around for a long time but they’re at the heart of the Regulator’s proposed new funding code. In this Pensions Perspective, Leonard Bowman looks at how long-term funding and investment plans are evolving and explains why companies are increasingly taking the lead in designing an endgame strategy for their schemes.

Pensions Arena July 2020

This quarter’s Arena has a summary of our recent Pensions Perspective, “Emerging from lockdown”, which looked at how best to tackle the most common pension issues which companies are currently facing. It also shows all the usual financial and investment analysis for the quarter ending 30 June 2020.

Emerging from lockdown

As we keep hearing, we are living in unprecedented times. However, as we turn our attention to the future, what does the “new normal” mean for defined benefit pension schemes? In this Pensions Perspective, Leonard Bowman considers the most common pension issues that companies are facing and how best to ensure that the company approaches these on the front foot.

Getting buyout ready

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.