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Bulk purchase annuity

Protect your members and reduce your liability

Here’s everything you need to know about our bulk annuities service. How it works, the services we provide and the benefits.

Our bulk annuity service

Our team specialise in de-risking pension plans, helping to provide security for members and reducing your liability. We have extensive experience in bulk annuities and have the data needed to appropriately price longevity risk.

We create bespoke solutions, whatever size your scheme. From small schemes of less than 30 members to larger schemes with over 3000 members. 

Each new bulk annuity purchase is given a dedicated Scheme Implementation Consultant to ensure a smooth transition process.

Buy-in and buy-out solutions

Buy-in 

Our buy-in service supports trustees and sponsoring employers who want to provide long-term security for scheme members.

How it works

A buy-in allows you to protect your pension scheme from investment, inflation and longevity risks. We make regular payments into the scheme to meet monthly pension payroll needs.

The relationship between your pension scheme and its members stays the same - the scheme continues to pay the benefits and we have no direct relationship with members.

Buy-out

Our buy-out service is for trustees who want to permanently settle their pension liabilities.

We take over responsibility for the liabilities bought out by the pension scheme, removing the associated risks from the sponsoring employer.

How it works

Members of the scheme are issued individual policies by us and we become responsible for the pensioner payroll and member administration. Where a full scheme buy out takes place, the pension scheme can then be wound up by the trustees.

Expertise

We have over 10 years’ experience in helping trustees de-risk their pension schemes. 

  • We’ve implemented over 200,000 members’ benefits
  • We’ve paid almost £7.5bn in pension payments from pension book migrations

Financial strength

Canada Life has operated in the UK since 1903. We’re a global composite insurer that’s able to diversify risk across multiple product types and markets. We’re highly rated by all the major agencies for financial strength.

  • We have a Solvency II Coverage Ratio that's more than twice the regulatory requirement
  • Our acquisition of Retirement Advantage has provided more than 30,000 pension and equity release customers 
  • We hold combined assets of £942bn 
  • We have more than £2bn of assets under management, including a £1.5bn block of in-force annuities
  • We provide annuity income to around 440,000 individuals in the UK worth over £19bn 
  • We’ve invested £38.6bn of equities, fixed income and property

First-class service and support

Customer Services team

Our dedicated annuity team has won numerous industry awards for its first-class service and ongoing support. 

The team offers:

  • Experience in dealing with high volumes of new annuity business
  • A dedicated Scheme Implementation Consultant to provide a smooth transition for each pension plan 
  • Risk assessments on new schemes
  • A staged checking process

The teams also carries out:

  • Monthly, quarterly or annual reconciliations, including those following an annual escalation increase
  • Processing death claims, including death benefit lump sums and setting-up benefit payments
  • Quarterly existence exercises using LexisNexis
  • Updates to member records, following data verification

Key highlights - service standards

 

Governance and controls

Our Controls and Customer Experience Team monitors the overall controls and quality. 

They perform:

  • Risk assessments on new schemes – risks and controls are documented and gaps addressed 
  • A staged checking process and validation

Your dedicated scheme consultant

Our Scheme Implementation Consultant works with you on a day-to-day basis to ensure all your needs are met. They:

  • Co-ordinate with our legal, customer services, pricing and investment teams, scheme administrators and the employee benefit consultants
  • Seek to fully understand your scheme, working with you from initial quote to the signing of the terms
  • Continue to offer ongoing support on data verification, future tranches and any potential buy out

Investment management and strategy

Investment management 

Our asset management team has a record of sourcing attractive assets, which allows us to offer competitive pricing to our clients and customers. 

Investment strategy

  • We seek to hold a portfolio of assets that’s well-diversified across asset classes and industries 
  • We offer sovereign and corporate bonds, commercial mortgages, finance leases, private placement loans and property
  • We adopt a long-term outlook. High quality investments are made and held to maturity 
  • Insurance liabilities are tightly matched with cash-flow to help reduce interest rate and inflation risk 
  • We look to maximise yield with a level of risk that’s right for our clients and reflect this in our pricing
  • We always maintain an appropriate level of liquidity to allow us to comfortably meet our operational needs

Our legal team

Our expert team have agreed bulk annuity contracts with a number of clients including:

  • Gowling WLG
  • Burges Salmon
  • TLT 
  • Sacker & Partners 
  • Pinsent Masons 
  • Squire Patton Boggs 
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn 
  • Travers Smith 
  • Norton Rose Fulbright

The team adopt a flexible approach when finalising terms, including conference calls and face-to-face meetings. It takes around three weeks to complete a contract, from initial comments to signing the policy conditions.

Next steps

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Trustees

If you’re considering a bulk purchase annuity, speak to our new business team.

01707 422 394

or send an email

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

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Existing bulk annuity customers

 

Contact our bulk annuities customer services for policy changes or questions.

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