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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. 
  • Introducing LE01: With input from industry experts, we have developed a measure of liability exposure to help you manage the impact of future longevity improvements
  • How to hedge longevity risk: Read how Insight’s longevity platform can help you achieve an effective and efficient longevity hedge while maintaining flexibility for the future
  • An SMBI overview: What is a self-managed buy-in and how can it help reach your endgame with more certainty?
  • Addressing the funding challenge: Log-in to our November Client Training session to hear our CEO explain how investors can reach their endgame with greater certainty

Helping you make a more informed de-risking decision

There is no single de-risking solution that is right for all schemes. To help you make a more informed choice, we present a series of short videos from industry practitioners and Insight experts:

  • Andrew Clare: Professor of Asset Management (Cass Business School)
  • Huw Evans: Independent trustee (BESTrustees)
  • Pádraig Floyd: Former trustee (Pearson Pension Plan)
  • Gavin Hill: Trustee and Chair of Investment Committee (Yorkshire and Clydeside Bank Pension Scheme)
  • Heneg Parthenay: Head of Insurance
  • Jos Vermeulen: Head of Solutions Design
  • Ren Lin: Head of Client Strategy and Innovation

Financial solutions in numbers

  • 2004 Insight launched its financial solutions capability
  • £618.1bn in assets managed by our fixed income and financial solutions groups
  • £72.7bn assets managed for cashflow-aware clients

As at 30 June 2019. Assets under management (AUM) are represented by the value of cash securities and other economic exposure managed for clients. Assets managed by our fixed income and financial solutions groups include clients who have liability driven investment, fixed income and cashflow-aware strategies.


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