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Decisions March 2009

PENSIONS AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Cost
cutting: Running dry: pension funds hit by US cost-cutting plans


US cost-cutting measures are draining funds from pensions. And there’s a danger
the funding drought could spread here.

Pension
protection fund: Feeling the strain: is the PPF at death’s door?


Despite some high-profile failures, the Pension Protection Fund insists it isn’t
overburdened. The Pensions Regulator will prevent trustees making the situation
worse.

Assumptions:
Looks interesting: the future of pension scheme assets and
liabilities

Pension scheme assets have taken a hammering, with poor investment returns
leaving huge deficits. But these pale in comparison to the dangers posed by
longer life expectancy.

Scheme
valuation: Measure for measure – three ways to measure pension
deficits

Deficits are ballooning – or are they? The answer really depends on which of the
three valuation methods you use. Either way, it’s certainly worth understanding
them all.

Employer
responsibility: Take your chances – passing DC scheme risk on to
employees

Defined contribution schemes absolve employees from responsibility for their
employees’ pension pot. But trying to pass all the risk on to employees could
come back to bite them.

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