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Second in a series of Guides on Target Benefit Pension Plans published by Aon Hewitt.

TORONTO, Sept. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Aon Hewitt is releasing its 2nd Guide, Unpacking the Target Benefit Plan: Finding the Right Benefit/Funding Balance. A companion to the first guide, Target Benefit Plans, released in June 2012, this new guide takes a practical look at the issues surrounding pension benefit affordability and sustainability testing.

Finding the Right Benefit/Funding Balance presents a framework for affordability testing and creating a benefit/funding policy, as well as providing examples drawn from actual situations. It also proposes a set of principles with a view to forming a good foundation for Target Benefit (TB) sustainability testing, and which might be used by regulators to create a suitable framework for monitoring TB plans.

TB Pension Plans are at the forefront of today's discussions of sustainable retirement solutions in Canada. "Over half the pension regulatory bodies in the country are wrestling with the concept and are in various stages of drafting legislation and regulations to provide for the TB approach," says Karen Hall, Vice President, Retirement for Aon Hewitt, and one of the guide's primary contributors. "The purpose of this Guide is to discuss in more detail the question of benefit affordability and sustaining the TB offering,"

Claude Lockhead, Partner, Canadian Investment Consulting Practice and responsible for the Retirement Practice, Eastern Canada for Aon Hewitt, thinks that testing the sustainability of a TB Plan's benefit/funding balance requires a paradigm shift away from traditional DB valuation thinking. "What is needed is a risk management approach, where the analysis evaluates the probability, over a specified period of time, that the plan would be able to deliver the targeted benefit with a high degree of certainty."

Canadians authorities have regulated the DB and DC design to death, but with little positive impact on actually delivering sustainable retirement systems. "While it is time for change, we don't necessarily need radical change," concludes Barry Gros, Vice President for Aon Hewitt and one of the guide's primary contributors. "We actually have the tools in place—we just need to use them more effectively and permit more flexibility in their application."

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