What does the ideal actuarial consultant look like? Danny Wilding, partner at Barnett Waddingham, argues the need for teamwork in actuarial consultancy.
John Cormell and Richard Gibson explore the issue of guaranteed minimum pension (GMP) conversion.
Looking ahead to the 31 March 2019 year-end, most companies reporting are currently looking at a broadly unchanged IAS19 funding position. The average funding level in our most recent survey was 96%, and this is likely to stay around this level.
Barnett Waddingham has responded to the DWP consultation to say we support the DWP in setting out the government’s proposals for Collective Defined Contribution (CDC) schemes. Danny Wilding, Partner, sets out his views on the consultation.
A few weeks post-Lloyds and we’re taking the finer points of the ruling as read - lots to do, or not do, legal advice to take, or not take, transfer values to suspend, or not suspend – a catalogue of unknowns that are raising trustee frustration levels up and down the country. Julie Walker, Associate, considers the problems trustees face after the Lloyds ruling.
Defined Benefit (DB) pension plans are entering a new phase in their decades-long journey from valuable employee benefit to legacy financial arrangement. Taking the analogy of a journey further than any firm had dared go before, we led delegates of the FT’s inaugural CFO Dialogues event, in November, on a space-themed tour of this peculiar universe.
“Your statutory rights are unaffected”, “subject to approval”, “terms and conditions apply”; there is plenty of small print in our lives. TAS 100 isn't just small print for actuaries though: it's a key part of a framework of professional standards.
Volatility is a particularly subjective assumption which can have a significant impact on the value placed on share-based awards – affecting both the design and accounting value of the awards.
2018 a year to remember? Whilst Brexit and other world-changing events were going on, the pensions industry was embarking on its own journey into unchartered territory as it continues to develop to ensure it remains fit for purpose.
Defined benefit pension schemes are widely acknowledged to be in decline and entering an era of run-off. However as is often the case with pensions, the timeframe over which this is expected to play out is, shall we say, a little longer than normal!