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Despite narratives claiming the contrary, a higher degree of active management within LDI portfolios may be the best path to lower funded status risk for DB plans.
The opportunity is once again ripe for liability-driven investors to incorporate more long credit bonds into their de-risking plans.
As consensus grows on the prospect of lower asset class returns, investors are taking a fresh look at the potential consequences and solutions.
Markets offer the prospect of defeasing near-term liabilities at a discount.
We believe now is a good entry point for long credit investors – especially corporate plan sponsors planning to acquire these bonds in coming years.
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Head of Pension Solutions in the Americas
Mr. Martel is a managing director in the Newport Beach office. He is head of pension solutions in the Americas and focuses on liability-driven investments, asset allocation and asset-liability management strategies for pension funds and insurance companies. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2006, he was responsible for conducting asset-liability modeling and recommending risk management strategies for pension plan sponsors at Mercer Investment Consulting. He also advised institutional clients on asset allocation, investment policy and investment manager selection. He has 16 years of investment experience and holds an undergraduate degree in actuarial science from Laval University. Mr. Martel holds the Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) designation.