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A way through the maze: The challenges of managing UK pension schemes is an Economist Intelligence Unit report that examines the risks associated with running UK pension schemes, and explores the approaches to governance, funding, investment, and scheme design that companies use to manage these risks. The report was commissioned by Towers Perrin. Phil Davis was the author of the report and Rob Mitchell was the editor.
The Economist Intelligence Unit bears sole responsibility for the content of this report. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s editorial team executed the online survey, conducted the interviews and wrote the report. The findings and views expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect the views of Towers Perrin.
Our research for this report drew on two main initiatives:
■ We conducted a survey of 206 C-level, or board-level executives of UK companies in late summer 2007 as the credit crisis was emerging. Respondents were primarily chief executive officers, chief financial officers and chief human resources directors, although some other roles were also represented in the sample. The survey included companies, and pension schemes, of a variety of sizes, and from a wide range of industries.
■ To supplement the survey results, the Economist Intelligence Unit also conducted a programme of qualitative research, comprising a series of in-depth interviews with trustees, advisers and other participants in the pensions environment.