Are pension schemes really any different to other business subsidiaries?

Defined benefit pension scheme performance exerts significant influence over the fortunes of many companies. Despite this, the complicated nature of liabilities and the regulation surrounding pension schemes can mean they often do not benefit from the same level of management focus and oversight as other business subsidiaries. By thinking about defined benefit pension schemes as business segments in their own right, ensuring the seven key areas in this paper are properly considered, understood and managed, companies can seek to both protect scheme members and maximise value for shareholders.

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