10th November 2008The Art of Risk ManagementRisk Budgeting
Longevity RiskPractical Applications2• Trustees and sponsoring employers are much more risk-aware as a result of changes in both pensions regulation andaccounting requirements imposed on the sponsor.• Initially, focus was primarily on funding levels and, to a lesser extent, the volatility of employer contributions. This hasbeen extended to cover assets and liabilities as well as governance issues.• This focus on risk reinforces the need to understand and quantify the components and sources of the risks in detail,leading to the development of a risk management policy that:• Transfers un(der)rewarded risks;• Diversifies rewarded risks, and;• Accesses returns as efficiently as possible.Risk BudgetingExecutive Summary
"When we first introduced the levy, we tried to make it simple as itsimplementation represented a major challenge for us, particularly as we hadlimited information about the risks we were exposed to. We now have a farbetter understanding of those risks - and this has led to a recognition that weneed to achieve greater fairness when we calculate the levy.”The risk-based element of the levy will recognise “a schemes contribution to thelong-term risks that PPF faces, even from well-funded schemes”.-Martin Clarke, Director of Financial risk at the PPFRisk BudgetingFurther Regulatory Comment...and the PPF4
Risk BudgetingFinancial Services RegulationEven Financial Regulators Have Trouble Getting Risk Treated Seriously“If a year and a half ago, the FSA had wanted higher capital adequacy, moreinformation on liquidity, had said it was worried about the business models atBradford & Bingley and Northern Rock, and had wanted to ask questions aboutremuneration, the fact is that we would have been strongly criticised for harmingthe competitiveness of the City of London, red tape, and over regulation.”-Lord Turner, Head of FSA - FT 16/10 ‘085
Risk BudgetingIgnorance and DenialCosts of Ignoring Risk6"Surrender to the reality that volatility exists, or volatility will introduce you to thereality that surrender exists.”-Famed commodities trader Ed Seykota“The first step in the risk management process is to acknowledge the reality ofrisk. Denial is a common tactic that substitutes deliberate ignorance for thoughtfulplanning.”-Charles Tremper
“Know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em”Limit poker is a science, but no-limit is an art. In limit you are shooting at a target. In no-limit, the target comes alive and shoots back at you.- Crandall Addington, Texas Oil Millionaire7Risk BudgetingUnderstanding Risk
The Rules• Each player bets a minimum amount to get things going.• Then each player receives two cards. A player’s cards are for the player’s eyes only. An initialbet is placed by each player depending on the quality of these two cards. At this point youcan decide that you want out and fold.• The Flop: The dealer then places three cards face up in the middle of the table. Based onthese three communal cards and the two in your hand, you have a five card hand. Bettingthen takes place.• The Turn: The dealer turns over another single card. Another round of betting takes place.• The River: The dealer places a final card face up on the table.• Using the seven cards (5 communal and 2 cards known only to each player), bettingcontinues until everyone drops out, or the remaining player is called by one or more otherplayers.• The player with the best five card holding wins the pot.Risk BudgetingTexas Hold’em Poker8
?Confident?WHAT ARE THE PROBABILITIES?Risk BudgetingA Case Study – Limited Information?9?????
?Very Confident?WHAT ARE THE PROBABILITIES?Risk BudgetingA Case Study – Enhanced Data?10????
?95.2%4.76% 0%WHAT ARE THE PROBABILITIES? 11Risk BudgetingA Case Study – What You Would Like to Know
100% 0%0%POKER IS NOT A GAME OF CHANCE, IT IS A GAME OF PROBABILITIES12Risk BudgetingA Case Study – Probabilities Not CertaintyA Tail Event
Pension fund strategyALTERNATIVE ASSETSCASHRisk BudgetingA Case StudyEQUITIESBONDSPROPERTY13In the real world, the unexpected does happen and pension fundshave to be prepared...?%?%?%?%?%
1. List the main risks you have to consider when running your pension fund.2. Break down your risks into three categories:• Liability Risk;• Asset Risk;• Scheme Risk.Risk BudgetingUnderstanding Risk14What are your main risks?
In our last training session on Pension Funding Risks, trustees identified 13 risks:Liability risksAsset risksScheme risksRisk BudgetingUnderstanding Risk15What are your main risks?RiskInflationInterest RatesMortalityEquity Market RiskPropertyDuration Mis-MatchCreditCounterpartyReinvestmentLiquidityEmployer CovenantLegislation ChangesAdditional Cost from PPF
Risk BudgetingUnderstanding the Importance of Risk16
17The Flight PlanRisk BudgetingThe Flight Plan
Fully funded PensionScheme18Sponsor TrusteesThe End Game• Solve for Return toreach target fundinglevel;• Then solve forminimum risk.• Solve for Risk;• Solve for maximumreturn given risk;• Solve for probabilityof reaching targetfunding level.• Solve for Risk (employer covenant review);• Set risk budget using 3 lenses;• Seek to optimise risk adjusted return (Fuel Efficiency);• Be proactive in changing market conditions;• Apply regular risk monitoring and riskmanagement.Redington ApproachVirtuous CircleRisk ReturnFuel EfficiencyRisk BudgetingStakeholders Aims
Risk Budget• The total amount of risk that a scheme should run has to take account of the:• size of the scheme relative to the corporate – impact on balance sheet;• size of the deficit relative to the liabilities and the corporate sponsor;• strength of the employer (but bear in mind that corporate strength can change over adecade, year or even a month!);• number of years in which to pay off deficit;• nature of the scheme: e.g. open/closed, mature, young;• risk appetite of the employer;• balance between future contribution level stability and excess asset return to reducedeficit;• investment experience of the trustees.Risk BudgetingConsiderations of a Robust Risk Budget19
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