Pensions - Articles - Buck comments on latest PPF7800 Index figures from the PPF

Vishal Makkar, Head of Retirement Consulting at Buck in the UK, commenting on the move in the aggregate position of the schemes in the PPF’s 7800 Index over the course of September 2021.

 Vishal Makkar, Head of Retirement Consulting at Buck in the UK comments: “DB scheme funding positions remained solidly in surplus in September, as they have done since February 2021. Small movements in both liabilities and assets did little to dent the healthy outlook for the schemes in the PPF Index and the funding ratio at the end of the month was 106.4% up from 104.7% at the end of August.
 “The strong funding position potentially gives many trustees a much-needed chance to take a more strategic view and focus on some of the more long-term challenges facing their schemes. October 1st saw the Pensions Scheme Act come into force, meaning that schemes will now have to start complying with the Task Force on Climate-Related Disclosures (TCFD) reporting framework. ESG has been an increasingly important consideration for scheme trustees and with COP26 also due to start at the end of the month, the focus on these issues is only likely to grow. For proactive trustees this should be an opportunity to rise to the challenge posed by the climate emergency.
 “Also due towards the end of the month is the Autumn Budget, meaning that trustees and sponsors may soon have even more work on their plates. All indications suggest that the Treasury remains serious about raising taxes to cover the cost of its pandemic spending and pension tax relief could be in the firing line. Once again proactive engagement and strong contingency planning will be the keys to success.”

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