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Pension Risk Transfers Have Several Downside Risks for US Plan Sponsors

Pension Risk Transfers (PRTs), including the increasingly popular partial annuity purchase, are a set of tools used frequently by US plan sponsors to de-risk their pension plans. These transactions are intended to lower the risk and cost of the plan by shrinking its size. However, in many cases, they may achieve the opposite result. Specifically, […]

March 2022

Don't Discount Fixed Income Investing for US Pension Plans

While alpha is commonly recognized as a key lever in maintaining or improving funded status, it is often mistakenly limited to purely equity or lower-liquidity investment opportunities. For plan sponsors, this can be a costly misconception. Cambridge Associates’ research shows that active fixed income management can contribute valuable alpha, resulting in significant benefits to plan outcomes.

August 2021

Defining the OCIO Benefit: What Value Can It Provide to Plan Sponsors?

Although OCIO has become a buzzword across the broad investment community, many defined benefit plan sponsors have questions about how an OCIO affects a pension plan sponsor's role as fiduciary and which elements are key to a successful OCIO relationship. Here, we answer 7 common plan sponsor questions on outsourcing.

July 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act Brings Relief and Highlights Challenges for US Pension Plan Sponsors

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law on March 11, 2021, and included a variety of plan sponsor–friendly changes to single-employer and multiemployer pension plans, but no real help for public sector plans. ARPA may change the future landscape of US pension plans, which may prompt plan sponsors to modify their investment strategies to achieve plan objectives. Its impact will vary greatly, both by plan type and individual plan circumstances.

May 2021

Navigating Market Crises

With the initial chaos of the COVID-19 market dislocation behind us but uncertainty still ahead, now is the time to refocus and potentially recalibrate core tenets of pension plan management. In this video series, we share our recommendations on how to address these challenges.

October 2020

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Dan Desmarais

Managing Director, Pensions