Plan sponsors globally are accelerating their plans to manage their pension risk and eventually transfer it to outside parties, according to a new report by Mercer in the United Kingdom.  Many countries have large pension obligations and plan sponsors have suffered because of low interest rates, volatile equity markets and rising life expectancies, all of which have been made worse by the economic downturn.

This has increased pension deficits significantly in many markets and made it difficult for chief financial officers to deal with increasingly unwanted pension distractions.

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