Pricing Risk in Corporate Pension Plans: Understanding the Real Pension Deal
Roy P. M. M. Hoevenaars
APG Asset Management
Theo P. Kocken
Cardano Risk Management
Eduard H.M. Ponds
Algemene Pensioen Groep (APG); Tilburg University - Department of Economics; Netspar; Tilburg University - Center for Economic Research (CentER)
February 12, 2009
Netspar Discussion Paper No. 02/2009-009
New accounting rules and increased scarcity of risk capital have led to growing pressure on corporations to shift pension plan risk from employers to participants. This implies a shift from Defined Benefit (DB) plans to a variety of collective and individual Defined Contributions (DC) plans. Most of these shifts have been ad-hoc and not based on clear and objective criteria. This article shows how negotiations could be clarified by using modern option pricing and financing techniques. Both the value of the guarantees regarding accrued pension rights, as well as future rights to be accrued, can be objectively determined. For example, the authors show that a shift from a typical DB to a collective DC plan should cost the employer a lump sum payment of twelve percent of the accrued pension obligations and an increase in the contribution rate at four percent of pay.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20
Date posted: November 19, 2009 ; Last revised: January 30, 2012
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