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Nigel Branker and Idan Shlesinger

Discussions about pension plan de-risking tend to focus on minimizing—or at least managing—financial risk for DB pension plan sponsors. Across the spectrum of pension risk management strategies, plan sponsors often consider a DC plan to be a low-risk, or no-risk, solution, particularly if they previously provided a DB plan. In fact, when DB plan sponsors talk of de-risking, that is often “code” for converting their plan to a DC arrangement. DC plans certainly mitigate plan sponsor financial risk: there is little danger of having to make higher sponsor contributions to account for market volatility or increased longevity, as is possible in the case of a DB plan.

  • December 23, 2014 September 13, 2019
  • 10:21

Pension plans are the topic du jour, even outside of HR circles. Funding challenges, retirement income adequacy, intergenerational equity and financial stability are only a few of the issues under discussion and in the media. But all talk and little action may be sounding the death knell for these programs. Unless pension plans can evolve relatively quickly to meet changing needs and circumstances, they face extinction.

  • March 1, 2014 September 13, 2019
  • 07:00