Following a substantial improvement in the funding level of the FTSE 350 defined benefit (DB) pension schemes, we estimate that the average time to buyout has reduced by around four years since the start of 2022.

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While this does mean that a large number of schemes are now very close to reaching their endgame target, the speed with which this position has been achieved may leave many unprepared to enter the risk transfer market.

In our latest research report, you'll find:

  • An overview of the significant changes experienced by the FTSE 350 DB schemes in the last year, and how that has altered their buyout feasibility.
  • A thorough review of the options available to DB schemes looking to access the risk transfer market, from bulk annuity transactions to the emerging capital-backed consolidator market.
  • A practical checklist for trustees looking to make their scheme "transaction-ready".
"Importantly, there is a significant difference between the affordability of a buyout transaction and readiness for a buyout transaction. With the bulk annuity market experiencing huge levels of demand, it has never been more important to ensure that your scheme is positioned in the best possible way."
Lewys Curteis Principal, Employer Consulting, Barnett Waddingham