Pension Risk Transfer

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Pension risk transfer is a critical financial option for employers, specifically those who want to minimize fluctuations by decreasing Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) premiums, managing risk and planning for the plan’s fate. Transferring risk can benefit your company and set the stage for a financially secure future.

What is Pension Risk Transfer?

Pension risk transfer (PRT) is the process of shifting a portion or all of a defined benefit plan’s liability away from the business that sponsors a pension plan to a third party. A defined benefit (DB) plan is an employer-sponsored retirement plan in which participants accrue a monthly benefit based on the plan’s benefit formula. From there, once a participant has reached retirement age, that benefit is paid monthly, based on the form of payment selected.

What Are the Benefits of Pension Risk Transfer?

Pension risk transfer offers several benefits for businesses and pension plan participants:

Risk mitigation

Transferring pension obligations to an insurance company helps mitigate various risks, including investment volatility, interest rate fluctuations, and longevity risk. By offloading these risks to a third party, companies can better manage their financial exposure and ensure the stability of pension payments to retirees.

Financial liability reduction

Pension plans represent a significant financial liability on a company's balance sheet. Pension risk transfer allows businesses to reduce their long-term financial obligations by transferring pension liabilities to an insurance company. This can improve the company's financial position, reduce balance sheet volatility, and enhance shareholder value.

Administrative simplification

Pension plans require ongoing administration and compliance with regulatory requirements, which can be complex and costly for businesses. Pension risk transfer simplifies administrative tasks by transferring responsibility for pension payments to an insurance company. This frees up resources and allows companies to focus on their core business activities.

Overall, pension risk transfer offers businesses and pension plan participants a range of benefits, including risk mitigation, financial liability reduction, administrative simplification, participant security, and funding flexibility. These benefits help ensure the long-term sustainability and stability of pension arrangements.

Pension Risk Transfer with October Three

Our comprehensive approach to Pension Risk Management ensures positive outcomes for clients of all sizes. We work with you from start to finish to clearly define pension goals, create a customized roadmap and deliver successful results based on decades of best practice experience. Our attentive professional support helps ensure you receive the lowest cost available for your annuity purchase, and our focus on transparency ensures you see that cost up front. Here are some of the benefits of pension risk transfer with October Three.


Options are explained in plain English so decisions can be made with confidence.


Conflict-free guidance focused on your specific needs.

Cost Effective

Our comprehensive approach ensures you receive ‘Best Pricing’ from insurance companies.

Custom Tailored

Participant communication materials and expert support that ease the burden on plan sponsors and actuaries.


With over 25+ years of experience, you can be confident you’ll receive the best options available for your plan.


All facets of your transition are continually monitored to ensure a successful outcome. Services extend beyond simply identifying insurance companies.

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Achieving Your Pension Risk Transfer Goals

We align our approach with your interests. Detailed criteria is used to carefully evaluate each participating insurance company so you receive the financial due diligence needed to fulfill your fiduciary obligations. Our seasoned pension risk transfer professionals aggressively negotiate annuity pricing for you with participating insurance companies. We understand that predictable pricing is important, which is why you will receive a competitive bid that includes a comprehensive scope of services up front – minimizing the need for out-of-scope work.


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light bulb Focus on transferring pension risk and plan liability to an insurance company. Our approach secures successful outcomes that:

  • Maximize Savings
  • Minimize Costs
  • Deliver a Seamless Transition

Fiduciary Decisions

light bulb Focus on compliance to protect the best interests of beneficiaries and plan participants. Our process ensures you meet all fiduciary requirements by:

  • Selecting the “Safest Available Annuity” provider per DOL Interpretive Bulletin 95-1
  • Negotiating a competitive and well-structured annuity contract
  • Securing state protection, where available

Global Insights on the Pension Risk Transfer (PRT) Market

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Why Choose October Three's Annuity Services?

Customized Solutions

Multidisciplinary expertise drives positive outcomes for clients of all sizes from start to finish

Cost Effective

Comprehensive preparation delivers optimal, conflict free, annuity pricing

Trusted Expertise

25+ years of expertise negotiating with the insurance industry.

October Three Pension Risk Transfer Consulting Services Include:

  • Retirement Plan Liability Management Analysis
  • Pension Forensics
  • Pension Risk Defeasance Options
  • Pension Risk Transfer Strategies
  • Lump Sum Window Fulfillment
  • Comprehensive Annuity Searches & Cost Negotiations
  • Market Pension Plan Liability Transfer
  • Department of Labor 95-1 Financial Analysis
  • Plan Termination Services
  • Address Verification & Death Audits

Pension Risk Transfer Resources

Explore our resources below to better understand pension risk transfer.

Annuity Purchases for Retirees with Small Benefits - Guaranteed Savings for 2024

The cost to maintain a defined benefit plan has skyrocketed and the primary reason is due to PBGC premiums. Most plan sponsors have reduced head counts in recent years to effectively manage these overhead costs.

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What is pension risk transfer?

If you are a pension plan sponsor, your current plan could be putting you at risk. The volatility of the plan’s liability and assets can cause plan sponsors to look for ways to reduce or eliminate all or part of this risk and associated costs. One of those expenses has been rapidly rising for plan sponsors – PBGC premiums. Here’s why pension risk transfer should be your next move.

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Top 3 ways Pension Risk Transfer is lowering plan costs

If you’ve been looking for ways to lower your plan costs, annuitizing could be the right move. Pension Risk Transfer not only transfers liability, but also lowers the costs you pay on your plan.

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