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Blog: Buy-outs and buy-ins

Assessing private markets

A key difference between the private and public markets is the level of illiquidity and complexity, with private assets typically being less liquid and more complex than their public counterparts.

Exploring Dutch Companies: how to improve your DB funding levels

With pension scheme deficits having the potential to significantly impact a company’s accounts, company directors should be considering ways to improve their UK DB scheme’s funding level.

Growing demand – how well are you positioned?

The final transaction figures for 2017 confirmed total buy-in and buy-out business volumes have exceeded £10bn, with a combined market figure of £12.2bn for the year. Head of bulk annuities, Gavin Markham explores.

Revisiting aspects of the gold-plated pension promise

Partner and experienced pension actuary, Danny Wilding, shares some thoughts on managing legacy defined benefit pension promises - following on from his speaking slot at the Professional Pensions Risk Reduction Forum.

Interesting times: How to adapt to survive a turbulent pensions world

As the UK enters a period of significant change, Finance Directors and Pension Managers need a dynamic DB (defined benefit) pension strategy that will be resilient in the face of changes in markets, whilst remaining cost effective over the longer term.

Interest rates to rise but no return to normal anytime soon

Speakers from BlackRock, Columbia Threadneedle and Insight Investments all predict little prospect of a normalisation in interest rates over the next year at our annual conference - Matt Tickle examines the forecast in more detail in his latest blog.

Don’t be paralysed by political risk

Marcus Whitehead looks back at Rupert Harrison's Investment Conference talk which highlighted how investors over-reacted to political risk in 2016, why they shouldn't make the same mistake in 2017 and learn to tolerate a certain amount of volatility.

PPF reveals further fall in contingent funding arrangements

The PPF’s latest Purple Book reveals a fall in PPF-compliant contingent assets, driven by the PPF’s more robust approach to certification. Alternative approaches to reducing risk include security over assets and cash contributions.

Government proposes method for equalising GMPs

Formerly contracted-out schemes could see an increase in liabilities as a result of equalising for GMPs. We consider the government’s proposed approach.

Official UK inflation measure changes to CPIH

A decision by the ONS to replace CPI with CPIH as its preferred measure of inflation could have implications for UK pension schemes. We outline the possible impact on pension increases and investments.

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