The Changing Pension Landscape
AbstractThe landscape facing corporate pension plan sponsors has changed dramatically over the past five years. Quite possibly, the most significant risk facing corporate plan sponsors is the refusal to acknowledge that the pension environment is fundamentally different. Today, pension managers are looking for answers to a new set of problems brought to light by the fact that these corporate plans now represent a material portion of the corporate balance sheet and are often now operating with a financial deficit. Although the problem is now apparent, the solutions typically are not. Most pension managers when faced with the new challenges have the tendency to go to the same old well for answers. Unfortunately, they are likely to find the same solutions—ones that only worked in earlier days. For the executive in charge of managing this benefit, the solution is a more integrated approach that seeks to align all components of the plan with corporate strategies across the entire organization. Aligning all aspects of plan management will help optimize the well-being and performance of the plan and the organization.