Buck Bond Group

Providing scheme sponsors with clear, strategic advice

Pension scheme sponsors are under increased scrutiny to mitigate the risks associated with their pension schemes. But to make sense of your options, you need access to the data, analysis, and bespoke solutions that fit the needs of your scheme.

Do you have the information you need to make the best decisions for your company?

A flexible approach, helping you to meet your corporate objectives

We provide a range of corporate services for companies running both defined benefit and defined contribution pension schemes. For sponsors of defined benefit schemes, we offer corporate accounting work, valuation negotiation, and de-risking advice. Plus, our broader expertise in employee benefits means we also offer strategic advice across investment, DC pensions, healthcare, flexible benefits, and pensions administration.

Our solutions include:

  • Corporate accounting
    Production of disclosures, monitoring of balance sheet and P&L, assumptions advice, auditor liaison, and accounting KPI dashboards
  • Funding and pensions strategy
    Long-term journey planning, advice and guidance on funding, and regular monitoring of funding, investment, and risk through our online application, StrideTM
  • Liability management and settlement
    Looks at how you can lower risks and costs, online transfer values, and transfer value, bridging pension, and pension increase exchange exercises, alongside buy-in and buy-out advice
  • Employee benefit services
    Insured benefit reviews and provision, flexible benefits, share plans, and broader employee wellbeing solutions
  • Member communications
    Strategic communications planning and engagement, including both regular and one-off comms, member education, and online portals and tools
  • Defined contribution and auto-enrolment
    Optimise your DC provision and governance, including auto-enrolment compliance, high earners policies, and member engagement
  • Investment strategy review
    Strategic investment advice covering investment consultant/fiduciary manager review, value at risk analysis, and asset liability modelling
  • Pensions tax
    Pensions tax support to staff through modelling tools, tax seminars, mitigation of tax charges, and advice on tapered annual allowance
  • GMP equalisation
    Solve GMP equalisation efficiently using Buck’s streamlined process, Square, backed by a dedicated team of experts, our proprietary technology, and effective member communications

What sets us apart

An experienced team

Our diversified team of qualified actuaries, consultants, and analysts are industry experts with a deep understanding of the pensions industry and the current challenges facing companies in relation to their pension schemes. With over 150 defined benefit pension clients across a wide variety of sectors, you can be sure you’re working with the best.

Flexible advice

Our advice is flexible and not constrained by house views, allowing us to provide bespoke solutions that tie in with your business objectives. For example, our defined benefit corporate accounting advice allows companies to be flexible with accounting assumptions when needed, such as by using one of Buck’s alternative, auditor approved, accounting curves.

Strategic relationships

We pride ourselves on building deep, strategic relationships with our clients so that we can understand your issues and tailor our advice appropriately. Our targeted approach will help you achieve your goals in the most cost-effective manner.

Collaborative working

Running a successful pension scheme requires a good working relationship with the scheme trustees. We believe a collaborative approach involving all key parties in the decision-making process will result in the best outcome for the company, and regularly implement solutions which both meet corporate objectives and benefit stakeholders.

Big picture thinking

We’re uniquely placed to draw on our wider expertise from our HR and employee benefits teams, enabling us to frame your pensions scheme in the wider context of your total reward strategy. Regular updates on topical issues and in-house company thought leadership pieces will give you the information you need to respond quickly to new developments in the employee benefit space.

Resources

For additional insights on our scheme sponsor – and broader pensions consulting – expertise, check out our latest thinking.

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Protecting schemes from sponsoring employer distress

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Providing pension scheme members with access to a financial adviser

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Is your financial adviser acting in your best interests?

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DC pensions – what is the point? The role of DC pensions in the modern workplace and the rise of the master trust

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There’s a light at the end of the tunnel: Mid-market UK pension review

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Just risk and expected returns

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