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Pension plantrustees are increasingly aware of the range of risks present in defined benefit pension plans. Volatile markets have led to volatile funding ratios, compounding the impact of falling interest rates and increasing longevity. This heightened awareness has led many plans to look at ways of managing these risks.
2011 has been extraordinary in a number of respects, including the influence of politics on financial markets. In “Twelve in 2012: What Politics Can Mean for Markets in the Year Ahead,” Rebecca Patterson, Chief Markets Strategist, describes several reasons why politics could play an even bigger role in the markets in the year ahead.
More and more firms are seeking to de-risk their pension plans, but strategies such as tax arbitrage are not feasible in a low yield, low liquidity environment. By blending broadly diversified return-producing and liability-matching assets, however, sponsors can "right risk" their plans, providing for growth while moderating unrewarded interest rate risk.
In this "low for long" rate environment, generating high and stable income remains a challenge for investors who need to maintain portfolio yields. However, certain market dynamics are creating opportunities to pick up compelling yields across a range of asset classes, each with varying levels of risk-based capital intensity.