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Demystifying De-risking

Back in July 2011, the FTSE 100 index pushed through the 6000 barrier but by early October had dropped substantially, at one point to 4944. UK Bond yields peaked at 4.39% in February 2009 yet at the end of October 2011 stood at 2.68%1. Many UK pension funds must be wishing they had ‘locked in’ to these rates at the right time and protected their funding levels. But how many have a mechanism in place to identify and quickly exploit such opportunities? Funding volatility is high and chances to capitalise on upside and mitigate downside scenarios are missed at Trustees’ peril. It is against this backdrop that de-risking has become a much discussed investment strategy in the pension world.

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Demystifying De-risking (PDF)