The Marks and Spencer (M&S) Pension Scheme has insured around 15% of its pensioner liabilities through two bulk annuity insurance policies with Aviva and Phoenix Group.
The transactions, totalling £1.4bn, are comprised of Aviva's largest buy-in to date and Phoenix Group's first ever external buy-in. Aviva insured £925m worth of the defined benefit (DB) scheme's liabilities....
The Continuous Mortality Investigation (CMI) has found a lower cohort life expectancy for both men and women in its 2020 table, even after zero-weighting data related to Covid.
Rothesay has concluded a £120m buy-in with the West Ferry Printers Pension Scheme, covering all remaining pensioner and deferred liabilities.
The Metropolitan Tower Life Insurance Company (MetLife) has reinsured approximately $5bn (£3.6bn) of Rothesay pension liabilities.
Although 2020 was a challenging year, Aon's Dave Barratt says the bulk annuity market was very resilient, with a well-functioning insurance market, large volumes of business written and 2020 finishing up as the second busiest year on record.
The uncertainty surrounding the potential impact of so-called long Covid and behavioural changes heightens the need for schemes to increase their longevity hedging, says Prudential Financial.