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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:

  • 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.
  • Busting buy-in myths: In this short myth-buster we look to address some commonly held misconceptions about buy-ins.
  • A buy-in too far? This article in the Actuary magazine challenges the common arguments used by those contemplating pension buy-ins.

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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As at 31 March 2022. 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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