There have now been a total of 32 longevity swaps over £1bn publicly announced. The full list, provided by Willis Towers Watson and through PP research, is as follows...
The Barclays Bank UK Retirement Fund has completed a £5bn longevity swap with Reinsurance Group of America (RGA).
Northern Gas Networks agrees £385m buy-in with L&G; Risk transfer market busy despite Covid and set to top £60bn in 2021
The Northern Gas Networks Pension Scheme has agreed a £385m pensioner buy-in with Legal & General (L&G).
The National Grid UK Pension Scheme has completed an £800m buy-in with Rothesay, its second bulk annuity transaction with the insurer.
The number of defined benefit (DB) scheme members with benefits protected by an insurer will double by the middle of the decade, according to Lane Clark & Peacock (LCP).
Aviva Life & Pensions has concluded an £875m buy-in with its own staff pension scheme, following on from a similar transaction last year.
Just Group has completed a £74m pensioner buy-in with the UK pension scheme of a US-listed engineering business.
The Smiths Industries Pension Scheme has secured a £146m buy-in with Canada Life in its fourth bulk annuity and its sponsor’s tenth overall.
The Prudential Staff Pension Scheme has entered into a £3.7bn longevity swap with Pacific Life Re, insuring the longevity risk of over 20,000 pensioners.
The Baker Hughes (UK) Pension Plan has secured approximately £100m of liabilities through a buy-in with Just Group.
The Reckitt Benckiser Pension Fund has secured a £415m buy-in with Scottish Widows, insuring the benefits of around half of pensioners.
Just Group has insured £22m of benefits for pensioners at two unnamed schemes, with support from K3 Advisory and Cartwright Benefit Solutions.
The Marks and Spencer (M&S) Pension Scheme has completed two buy-ins with Aviva and Phoenix, insuring a total of £750m of benefits.
The BHS Senior Management Scheme has agreed a £2.5m buy-in with Legal & General (L&G) Assurance Society, securing benefits outside of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).
The Old British Steel Pension Scheme (OBSPS) has agreed a £2bn full buy-in with Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC), one step closer to exiting Pension Protection Fund (PPF) assessment.
Much like when selling a house, DB plans need to tidy up before approaching the bulk annuity market, says David Ellis.
Just Group has completed a £340m buy-in with the Ibstock Pension Scheme in the insurer’s largest ever bulk annuity transaction.
Punter Southall has launched a defined benefit (DB) scheme consolidator in a bid to allow small schemes to cut their running costs, reduce risk and improve benefit security and governance.
With a recent rise in the number of smaller schemes undertaking bulk annuity transactions, Charlotte Quarmby sets out why now might be the right time for smaller pension schemes looking to de-risk.
Wilton Re has made an investment in Clara Pensions to support the consolidator’s growth and development.
Two in five UK defined benefit (DB) schemes expect to complete a bulk annuity or longevity swap transaction within the next three years, Willis Towers Watson research finds.
Sponsor covenants are facing a “triple whammy” moving into 2021 as the effects of Covid-19, Brexit and macro-economic conditions combine, Lincoln Pensions warns.
Darryl Brundle and Ashley Kanter look at the contrasting pressures and easements on longevity associated with the pandemic
Fewer pension schemes are targeting self-sufficiency as their long-term objective while bulk annuity pricing improves and the consolidation market opens up.