Schemes are increasingly looking at longevity hedging as part of their de-risking process, according to a survey by Insight Investment.
Insurers are now able to accommodate up to £30bn of bulk annuity transactions every year with no impact on pricing, according to Lane Clark & Peacock (LCP).
Increasing demand for global longevity reinsurance could lead to higher bulk annuity prices but less exact matching for longevity hedging, says Mercer.
The Electricity North West Group of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme (ESPS) has invested in an £805m pensioner buy-in with Scottish Widows.
Zurich has agreed to insure £800m of longevity risk for the pensioners of a FTSE 100-sponsored pension scheme.
The ESAB Group (UK) Limited Pension & Life Assurance Scheme has purchased a £255m full buy-in with Rothesay Life, covering benefits for all 900 members of the scheme.
The value of UK bulk annuity deals is set to quadruple in the 2020s when compared to this decade, Mercer has predicted.
Greater regulatory focus on covenant, holistic risk management, and long-term targets has helped proactive schemes approach their endgames earlier, says Adolfo Aponte.
The National Grid UK Pension Scheme has agreed its second buy-in this year, transferring £1.6bn of pension risk to Legal & General (L&G).
Without specialist help, smaller DB schemes are being left behind in a bulk annuity market increasingly focused on mega-deals, says Rob Dales.
Interest around DB consolidators is high but there remains regulatory uncertainty around their future. Lesley Carline looks at what the future might hold for this section of the market.
The Carter & Parker Limited Staff Retirement Benefits Plan (1975) has agreed a £9.3m bulk annuity deal with Canada Life.
The Aegon UK Staff Retirement and Death Benefit Scheme has secured a £144m buy-in with Phoenix, covering around a quarter of pensioner liabilities.
Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) has agreed a £750m bulk annuity transaction, converting a pensioner longevity swap held by the Scottish Hydro Electric Pension Scheme (SHEPS) into a buy-in.
There has been a 30% reduction in the number of small scheme buy-in and buyout transactions, highlighting how insurer attention has shifted towards larger deals.
Aviva Life and Pensions UK has completed a £1.7bn bulk annuity buy-in with the Aviva Staff Pension Scheme.
Many schemes are actively thinking about defined benefit (DB) consolidation and are waiting in the wings for the superfunds to prove themselves before engaging, Clara says.
Mega-deals have dominated the buy-in and buyout market this year, limiting insurer appetite for smaller transactions. John Breedon looks at how small schemes can get ahead for next year.
Small schemes are facing “obvious challenges” in grabbing insurer attention as “jumbo” deals are beginning to typify the bulk annuity market, Aon says.
As DB pension schemes de-risk, longevity risk becomes more and more important says Howard Kearns, Longevity Pricing Director at Insight Investment
Almost £35bn of defined benefit (DB) liabilities have now been insured this year after yet another giant buy-in by the Asda Group Pension Scheme with Rothesay Life.
There have now been a total of around 50 buy-in and buyout deals of over £500m announced since 2007. The full list, provided courtesy of LCP, is as follows...
FTSE 100 risk settlement transactions have reached £70bn as a third of these firms remove longevity risk, according to Aon.
The National Grid UK Pension Scheme has agreed a £2.8bn buy-in deal with Rothesay Life, covering the benefits of an unspecified number of pensioner members.