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Pension Issues for Employers - London

Pensions Issues for Employers
There are a number of important issues that sponsors of defined benefit schemes should be considering. With this in mind, actuaries and consultants Barnett Waddingham LLP and lawyers Wragge & Co are holding joint seminars aimed specifically at employers. Both seminars will cover the following topics:

The Pensions Reglator: Clearance and Funding
The clearance regime is now a well established part of life for both employers and trustees. From uncertain beginnings in April 2005, the approach of the Regulator is now well established. Employers must take this into account when planning for events in which the Regulator might be interested.

Can we learn any lessons from the clearance regime as to how the Pensions Regulator will approach scheme specific funding? The seminar will give an overview of the Regulator's behaviour to date and what might be expected in the future.

Managing the risks in your scheme
The risks associated with defined benefit schemes have been become all too evident over the last few years as equity markets have tumbled but then recovered, long term interest rates have fallen and people are living longer than predicted. Under the new scheme funding regime and with the introduction of market-related accounting standards it has becoming increasingly important to manage the volatility in the scheme's financial position.

Is there anything that can be done to reduce these risks? The seminar will highlight some of the options available to sponsors including Liability Driven Investment strategies and the use of contingent assets. As well as reducing your risks some of these approaches may also help reduce your PPF levy.

The seminars will take place in Birmingham and London:

27 September 4 October
Wragge & Co LLP Barnett Waddingham LLP
55 Colmore Row Cheapside House
BIRMINGHAM 138 Cheapside
B3 2AS London EC2V 6BW

Both seminars will start at 5:00pm and will last around one and a half hours with light refreshments available afterwards. There is no charge for these seminars but if you would like to attend, we would be grateful if you could return the reply slip found by clicking on the link in the image bar on the above right. Please note that spaces at the London seminar are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.



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