Setting up long-term funding targets

Long-term funding targets are critical to regulatory compliance

The Pensions Regulator now expects all trustee boards to set long-term funding objectives. This involves putting together a suitable long-term funding target with a plan of how to achieve it.

Both target and plan must reflect individual scheme circumstances, including:

  • The scheme’s current financial position
  • The funding approach adopted, such as any contribution schedule in place
  • The current investment strategy and any changes as the funding level evolves.
Setting up long-term funding targets

Long-term funding review

We prepare a review, in which we put forward a potentially suitable long-term funding target along with a supporting rationale, meeting the expectations of The Pensions Regulator. The review incorporates our understanding of the scheme, its trustees and the sponsoring employer. We liaise with the Scheme Actuary as needed.

Our long-term funding target review includes a detailed report of advice and recommendations, providing:

  • Short-term and long-term risks
  • Financial modelling, which allows us to demonstrate the impact of different approaches on the funding position, and how it develops over time
  • Projections of likely scheme size at the point where the long-term funding target is likely to be reached
  • A suitable investment strategy for the point at which full funding is achieved
  • Cashflow information to support the modelled projections
  • Suitable timeframes for long-term funding targets, in line with regulatory expectations, allowing for the scheme’s maturity and investment approach, as well as any contributions received.
Setting up long-term funding targets

Long-term funding target advice

Within our advice, we fully consider the existing funding position and objective, investment strategy, and any deficit contribution schedule in place. Alternative long-term funding targets and investment policies are also considered and critically assessed.

We choose from a range of potential approaches to long-term funding in our advice, including:

  • Low sponsor dependency
  • Insurance buy-outs and buy-ins
  • Consolidation vehicles.

Why choose First Actuarial?

First Actuarial offers a cost-efficient approach for producing and agreeing a long-term funding target.

We have considerable experience in setting objectives, and have developed useful tools to support our clients.

Learn more about our long-term funding target service

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Investment briefings

We produce regular briefings to update trends on the latest market developments.

They provide an excellent service by guiding those involved with the Scheme towards the Scheme’s Long Term Funding Target.

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Concerned about the risk of an Employer contribution increase as a result of high liabilities, Trustees of the Kennel Club Pension Fund turned to First Actuarial.

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Southern Co-op

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