Milliman is pleased to announce that it has chosen MatchingLink software to enhance its hedging and overlay solutions. With technology playing an increasingly critical role in every part of the investment cycle, Milliman recognizes the need to accelerate the development of digital solutions to ensure competitive hedging solutions offerings to its clients.
The Milliman-MatchingLink collaboration brings together deep skills in both business and technology to support Milliman’s clients and create more value. ‘With MatchingLink’s next-gen tech solutions we can add significant value to our hedging and overlay solutions and drive better results for our (pension fund) clients,’ says Rajish Sagoenie, Principal and Managing Director for Milliman, The Netherlands.
‘The seamless integration of MatchingLink software within the Milliman MG-Hedge® platform, combined with a robust and flexible system architecture, has convinced us that by using MatchingLink we can optimally serve our customers in the Netherlands and Europe. The Milliman-MatchingLink collaboration offers our (pension fund) clients state-of-the-art solutions to manage financial risks now and, in the future,’ says Marcel Kruse, Director Pension and Investment Risk for Milliman in the Netherlands.
MatchingLink’s technology platform operates as a flexible layer, communicating with existing systems. The platform combines a unique data-gathering solution with a calculation engine, analysis and reporting, a flexible workflow solution and artificial intelligence. The platform is both compliant and auditable by design. ‘With our software Milliman can unlock the full potential of the most advanced technology and increase the quality of their business on a daily basis,’ says Eric Pieper, MatchingLink’s CEO.
In these trying times, many investors are relying on trained professionals to help them understand the markets and stay committed to their long-term goals. While gender should not determine the quality of financial advice, it is noteworthy that eight out of 10 people giving the advice are men.
Our new societal and economic pressures create a greater sense of urgency for many financial decisions: assessing investment risk tolerance, retirement timelines, college funding, and healthcare costs. Now more than ever, people need financial “helpers.” By increasing the number of female advisors, a greater number of clients can benefit from the unique perspectives and life experiences women bring to help people navigate critical financial decisions. The “Great Lockdown” could be an opportunity and rallying cry to challenge more women to step into an advisory career.
In this article, Milliman’s Sheila Jelinek, Suzanne Norman, and Michelle Richter explain what makes an ideal financial advisor, whether women are better investors, and the business opportunity for female financial advisors.
Adding protected lifetime income to an investment portfolio can improve the retirement security of many Americans. Providing fiduciary advisers with holistic tools and products can help them blend annuity- and investment-based income approaches more effectively. In this article, Milliman’s Michelle Richter explores the opportunities and challenges advisers face as the financial services industry moves toward supporting a fiduciary standard of advice in the annuity space.
A financial services company emerging from a divestiture sought Milliman’s assistance with the subsequent re-risking of its defined benefit (DB) pension plan’s investment portfolio. The plan sponsor wanted to explore investment options that would best allow it to meet its future contribution requirements while limiting the risk of being underfunded on either an accounting or Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) basis. The plan sponsor also wanted to understand the impact on accounting expense and balance sheet volatility as a result of investment allocation changes where the employer would take on more equity exposure.
Milliman consultants performed an asset liability modeling (ALM) study to review the company’s investment policy statement, understand its risk tolerance, set achievable financial goals, and present projections of assets and liabilities. The goal of the ALM study was to estimate expected levels, trends, and possible variability over the next 10 years of the plan’s annual required contributions, funded status, and accounting expense under the current policy asset allocation and several alternative asset allocations based on the client’s input.
To learn more about this endeavor, read Zorast Wadia’s case study “Assisting a plan sponsor with its investment portfolio using asset liability modeling.”
Milliman today announced the opening of an investment and risk management consultancy practice in the Netherlands. This practice complements Milliman’s Dutch actuarial and pension consulting practice and answers a market need for integrated actuarial and risk management services. Milliman has hired risk management expert Marcel Kruse, MSC, RBA, to lead the new practice.
“Dutch pension funds face challenging cost and governance pressures and are in need of both actuarial and risk management expertise as key lines of defense in the management of their plans,” says Rajish Sagoenie, Principal and Managing Director of Milliman’s Dutch pension practice. “Marcel is the ideal leader of our Dutch pension, investment and risk consultancy practice. He will help clients fill in the second line of defense within IORPII fully.”
“We believe complying with regulation is just a first step,” says Marcel Kruse. “With this initiative, we will help our clients integrate risk management in the investment policy, monitoring, and reporting—all of which are essential to making your pension fund a strong and future-proof organization.”
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