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Pensions De-Risking: Is market volatility creating opportunity?

In the latest edition of our Facing Change series we speak to Martin Bird, Senior Partner and Head of Risk Settlement at global professional services firm, AON. In a wide-ranging interview, Martin discusses:

  • The effect of the current social and economic situation on the UK pensions de-risking market, following a bumper 2019 that saw huge momentum in the sector.

  • How can pension schemes keep on top of the fast-moving emerging trends in a constantly changing world? Do schemes need to become more agile and adopt a more real time approach to monitoring for changes in their population behaviour?

  • Factors schemes should take into account – such as the importance of clean and accurate data - when considering the affordability of risk transfers.  

  • The impact of COVID-19 on the sensitive subject of mortality rates; is the sector bracing itself for a shift in longevity expectations as a result of the pandemic?

  • The growing importance of sanctions screening and other due diligence processes and whether schemes are configured to adopt these processes into day to day operations.

  • The recent guidance on DB superfunds from The Pensions Regulator and how it alters the landscape for pension schemes looking to de-risk.

  • How schemes can take pragmatic steps to make sure they’re primed to seize opportunities in volatile markets.

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