We’re committed to keeping schemes up-to-date with all the important developments in the Risk Transfer market. This page is therefore regularly updated with articles, videos, case studies, webinar links and more – if you have any comments or queries on any of the topics covered, or have a suggestion for a topic you’d like to know more about , please contact us using the form at the bottom of this page.

Risk Transfer - is the opportunity right for you?


Watch our short video where David Ellis, Partner, Risk Transfer Group, Mercer UK discusses pension risk transfer and the impact it's going to have on the UK Defined Benefit pension market.

Welcome to Mercer's Streamlined Quotation Service


Watch our short animation to find out just how our Streamlined Quotation Service is helping smaller deals to get noticed by more insurers.

The Alternative Risk Transfer Options


Whilst the buy-in market has become extremely busy in the last few years there are an increasing range of alternative options available for schemes looking to transfer risk . This table helps to explain these and to identify for which schemes they may work best.

Are longevity swaps worthwhile for DB schemes Suthan Rajagopalan?


Find our why we think hedging longevity could be a positive stepping stone in your end game journey plan. To view a recording of our recent webinar click here.

Bulk annuities – the insurer’s perspective with Ben Stone

Watch three bulk annuity providers in conversation on the buy-out opportunities for pension schemes in 2020, how insurers have adapted to lockdown and the introduction of commercial consolidators.

Will superfunds fly in to save pensions with Patrick Lloyd 


Commercial consolidators, or superfunds, are the latest addition to the pension landscape and for some schemes may deliver a swifter path to risk transfer. What are they and which schemes might they be appropriate for?

How might a transaction affect your share price with Nora Mageean 

Analysis by Mercer shows that companies which transfer pension obligations to an insurer tend to have a share price which performs better than their peers. Discover more here.


To view the Full Share Price Report, click here.

Small is beautiful – how to maximise insurer attention for your smaller scheme with Ruth Ward 


See how the Mercer Streamlined Quotation Service is creating more opportunities for UK DB pension schemes under £100m to buy out their liabilities with insurers. We explain why this approach works so well in the current market.

Getting the deal done - Premaberg demonstrates how to capture opportunities with Ruth Ward 

Hear from PAN Trustees and Just Group about how the Premaberg Scheme completed a buy-in transaction within four days of receiving final pricing.  Mercer’s Ruth Ward joins the discussion to explain how price monitoring with the Mercer Streamlined Quotation Service identified a price opportunity and enabled this speedy completion.

AI & member options with Maurice Speer 

Find out more about Mercer’s recently launched artificial intelligence (AI)-powered tool that can help DB pension schemes predict the outcome of a member options exercise. This new data-driven approach helps pension schemes and sponsors better manage risk through planning member options projects that have optimum member offer structures.

Assessing longevity in a world of COVID-19 with Alastair Walker 


We explore what the short and longer-term impact on longevity may be from COVID-19, taking a holistic view, and discuss if it is still worth considering hedging longevity risks in a DB scheme.

Bringing it all together – Project Coeus with Chris Hawes 


Mercer’s Chris Hawes and PIC’s Pete Rennalls discuss Project Coeus, which brought together a range of risk reduction activities and stakeholders in order to achieve an all-risks buyout within a year of commencing the project.

Opportunities for DB pension schemes in the risk transfer market


The Covid-19 lockdown produced opportunities for DB pension schemes in the risk transfer market. Explore what was driving this activity and how you can plan ahead.

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