Mercer, a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth and careers, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), has launched the Mercer Pension Risk Exchange, an online marketplace aimed at
Defined benefit pension plans in Canada face many challenges, from longevity to volatile markets, and organizations are looking for help mitigating them. The platform will provide increased transparency,
“We estimate that Canadian companies have pension plan obligations totaling $1.4 trillion. Many of these organizations are looking to transfer the risk but lack clear information about the true cost of a buy-in or buy-out and fear the fluctuation of market rates, ” said Jean-Philippe Provost, leader of Mercer’s Retirement Practice in Canada. “The Mercer Pension Risk Exchange empowers sponsoring employers to be more strategic and sophisticated in their approach, allowing them to execute a buy-in or a buyout at the best time for them and at a competitive price.”
Sponsors can monitor annuity pricing and financial metrics for their pension plans clearly and easily, from
“This new technology platform is the only solution that provides real-time and simultaneous annuity pricing monitoring in Canada, the US and the UK. This will help clients understand market pricing and, importantly, the best time to execute a transaction,” said Jacques Goulet, president of Mercer's Retirement, Health, and Benefits business globally. “Timing can often be the most significant factor in realizing the best value.”
Mercer is a global consulting leader in health, wealth and careers. Mercer helps clients around the world advance the health, wealth and performance of their most vital asset – their people. Mercer’s more than 20,000 employees are based in more than 40 countries and the firm operates in over 130 countries. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), a global professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and people. With 57,000 employees worldwide and annual revenue exceeding $13 billion, Marsh & McLennan Companies is also the parent company of Marsh, a leader in insurance broking and risk management; Guy Carpenter, a leader in providing risk and reinsurance intermediary services; and Oliver Wyman, a leader in management consulting. For more information, visit www.mercer.ca. Follow Mercer on Twitter @MercerCanada.