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.
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.
As the risk reduction market gets busier and busier, Jonathan Stapleton says preparations must become more comprehensive for schemes to gain a foothold.
Rothesay Life has lodged an appeal against the High Court’s decision to block the £12bn transfer of Prudential’s annuity book.
The Allied Domecq Pension Fund has insured £3.8bn of members’ benefits with Rothesay Life, in the market’s largest deal to cover both pensioner and deferred members.
Rothesay Life has agreed the UK’s largest ever bulk annuity deal to date – a £4.7bn buyout of the GEC 1972 Plan, making 2019 officially a record-breaking year.
Pension schemes could be accidentally pushing themselves further from their endgame by agreeing “fashionable” buy-ins with insurers.
British people born between 2016 and 2018 are expected to live up to 4.2 weeks longer than those born in the 2015-17 period, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Over half of all UK defined benefit (DB) schemes have reduced their investment in equities over the last two years while diversifying into alternative growth assets, according to Aon.
The Tate & Lyle Pension Scheme has completed a £930m full buy-in with Legal & General (L&G), insuring benefits for around 4,800 members.
Defined benefit (DB) schemes should act now to insure members’ benefits before an “anomaly” in the markets is corrected, Prudential Retirement has said.
Growing market volatility could adversely affect defined benefit (DB) schemes nearing buyout over the next five years, Barnett Waddingham says.