PBGC Eyes Transition Management

March 13, 2008 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), the nation's private pension plan insurer, is analyzing its transition management processes - with an eye toward establishing a set of best practices for the industry.

The PBGC has tapped Plexus Plan Sponsor Group, the ITG-owned transition management consultant, to analyze its ongoing transition practices, officials at the PBGC confirm.   The $55 billion fund is one of the heaviest users of transition services, according to transition trading desks, although it has historically restricted its dealings to two specific transition managers.

Sources indicate that the PBGC is interested in creating a set of best practices for transitions, and Charles Millard, PBGC director, confirmed this: “It is clear that this area of the industry is in need of a better definition of what best practices are,” he told PLANSPONSOR . “That would obviously benefit the PBGC, but it would also benefit other plan sponsors who use transition managers.”