Mercer Helps U.K. Pension Trustees Manage Risk

June 1, 2009 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Mercer is launching a new solution in the U.K. market to help defined benefit scheme trustees manage pension financial risks.

The Mercer Dynamic De-Risking Solution (MDDS) introduces a governance framework that allows U.K. pension plan trustees to manage their plan along a path to full funding, enabling them to be more proactive in banking investment gains and limiting potential losses from market fluctuations, according to a Mercer news release. Key features of the offering include funding level monitoring, a rules-based approach to locking in market gains, an integrated liability hedging strategy, and measure to mitigate downside equity risk.

MDDS will work by taking control of a scheme’s investment strategy within a pre-determined set of parameters, the announcement said. Once objectives are agreed upon in terms of funding target, timing and risk tolerances, Mercer will use a proprietary tool to calculate and expected funding path and recommend a series of funding level bands that incorporate a mix of growth and protection allocations.

The funding level will then be monitored and reported daily by Mercer, and if it crosses a band, Mercer will immediately instigate pre-agreed upon investment changes.

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“We’ve developed the MDDS solution with the U.K defined benefit market in mind, but believe it will be adaptable to other markets with a significant number of defined benefit schemes,” said Alan Baker, chief operating officer for MDDS, in the announcement.

More information is at www.mercer.com .

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