Project management

Large one-off projects can create significant resource pressures and/or expose technical gaps within a company’s pensions team. Of course incumbent advisers can help with the gap, but at a price. If the client does not carefully manage its resource and technical needs, the cost of a large one-off project can quickly spiral. bac can help in a variety of ways.

A multi-national company wanted to restructure its UK operations to create a new employer, with its own DC pension plan, from what was previously a division of its main UK employer. This involved a TUPE transfer of the relevant employees and the setting up of a DC master trust to provide their future pension benefits. And the project needed to be completed within three months! With the UK pensions manager fully engaged on other work, we were brought in to implement the setting up of the master trust and to project manage all aspects of the pension transfer. This included drafting pension announcements to members and delivering onsite presentations. The outcome was that all eligible employees decided to join the master trust on its commencement date (there was no one left to be automatically enrolled) and many chose to increase their contribution rate in order to benefit from higher matching company contributions. Our client contacts were very happy with the support they received.

Another client lost its pension director shortly before the company embarked on a large scale de-risking and buy-in exercise. Not wishing to bring in someone new mid-project, we were appointed to act as the outsourced pension director to oversee the other advisers, project manage and report back to the board at the key milestones. Once the project was complete a new pension director was appointed.

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.