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What is the next stage in the evolution of your investment strategy towards your de-risking endgame?

Evolving your de-risking strategy to include longevity hedges, transitioning assets to be more cashflow aware and increasing the focus on a more diverse range of high-quality credit assets as funding levels improve can help you to reach your endgame with more certainty. We call this a self-managed buy-in (SMBI).

A self-managed buy-in: an efficient path to your endgame

While an insurance buy-in may be perceived to be beneficial, it can increase the target returns required from the remaining ‘free’ assets, make liability hedging more challenging and/or increase the expected timeframe for achieving a buy-out.

A SMBI approach may provide greater value for money than a conventional insurance buy-in, with similar characteristics but at a lower cost, and help to provide greater flexibility to deal with unexpected events which cannot be hedged.

Related materials:

  • An objective assessment of the impact of a buy-in: Make a more informed de-risking choice by considering a wider range of factors. Hamish Watson, UK HR Director at ScottishPower, also describes their de-risking journey. 
  • Comparing buy-outs and buy-ins: Buy-outs and buy-ins differ fundamentally in three ways: their purpose, practicalities and potential investment impact. Consequently, the analysis you should conduct when considering them needs to be different.
  • Buy-in pricing not such a bargain: Market turmoil in early 2020 led to claims buy-in pricing was at the most attractive levels ever – but on a relative basis, buy-ins became much more expensive compared with a solution where a scheme invests directly in credit.

Helping you make a more informed de-risking decision

There is no single de-risking solution that is right for all schemes. We provide two short videos from Insight experts to help you consider the impact of a buy-in.

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