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    IPE Conference & Awards 2016 Dec.01-02, Berlin

    The IPE Conference & Awards has become Europe's largest annual gathering of pension funds and their service providers. The conference will feature a top level speaker line up, and the agenda will include new topic-led workshops and roundtable debates to address the issues the industry is facing. The Awards recognizes and rewards the hard work and creative thinking of both the pension funds and their executives; setting the industry benchmark for excellence in the management of Europe’s pension funds.

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    The 7th World Pension Summit Nov.09-10, The Hague

    Prudential is a proud sponsor of this year’s World Pension Summit, which will focus on “Managing Rising Risks.” Increasing life expectancy and the aging population are a true challenge for many governments. Along with new economic realities and a rapid changing investment climate, pension funds and insurers have to rethink their strategies to secure adequacy, sustainability and integrity for their participants.

    Amy Kessler and Rohit Mathur will speak about the unique de-risking opportunities available and the actions leading insurers, trustees and plan sponsors have taken even in today's low interest rate environment.

     

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    2016 Conference of Consulting Actuaries Annual Meeting Oct.23-26, Las Vegas

    With its large and mature defined benefit pension landscape, the U.K. has always been at the forefront of identifying and managing longevity risk. This trend continues with innovations in both these areas. Amy Kessler of Prudential, and Mark Daniel and Mitsuyasu Nishiwaki (Willis Towers Watson) will provide insight into areas such as how plans are measuring life expectancy, the increasing popularity of longevity hedging and a growing trend of bulk annuity providers using medical underwriting data in pricings.

     

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    2016 AFP Annual Conference Oct.23-26, Orlando

    Corporate pension plan sponsors face unprecedented risks. Twice since 2000, U.S. defined benefit plan sponsors have seen their plans' funded status decrease significantly in market downturns. Pension shortfall, potential cash contributions, rising stakeholder concern over financial statement volatility and awareness of longevity risk, especially with recent updates to mortality tables, are causing many corporations to analyze strategies for reducing their exposure to pension plan risk.

    Attend the AFP Annual Conference and join Prudential’s Rohit Mathur and Mercer's Lynn Esenwine for their session which focuses on innovative solutions that treasury professionals and financial officers can utilize to completely transfer pension risk for covered liabilities.

     

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    Pension Settlements Strategies Summit Oct.13, New York

    The 4th annual Pension Settlements Strategies Conference provides plan sponsors with the information they need to implement an effective decision-making process, plan a course of action, and efficiently execute a de-risking plan that achieves their risk reduction goals.

    Prudential’s Rohit Mathur will discuss the increasing costs of managing a pension deficit and how the enduring low interest rate environment can provide attractive opportunities for plan sponsors to reduce their pension risk.

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    Pension Settlements Strategies Summit Oct.11, Chicago

    The 4th annual Pension Settlements Strategies Conference provides plan sponsors with the information they need to implement an effective decision-making process, plan a course of action, and efficiently execute a de-risking plan that achieves their risk reduction goals.

    Prudential’s Glenn O’Brien and Rohit Mathur will discuss the driving forces behind the growing interest in pension risk transfer, and provide clarity on the "myths" that may be deterring plan sponsors from divesting themselves of burdensome pension obligations.

     

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    Pension Settlements Strategies Summit Oct.06, Dallas

    The 4th annual Pension Settlements Strategies Conference provides plan sponsors with the information they need to implement an effective decision-making process, plan a course of action, and efficiently execute a de-risking plan that achieves their risk reduction goals.

    Prudential’s Glenn O’Brien and Rohit Mathur will discuss the driving forces behind the growing interest in pension risk transfer, and provide clarity on the "myths" that may be deterring plan sponsors from divesting themselves of burdensome pension obligations.

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    Twelfth International Longevity Risk and Capital Markets Solutions Conference Sep.29-30, Chicago

    The aging population and increases in longevity have drawn attention to the management of longevity risk in pension funds, life insurers and health insurers. Governments face the challenge of financing an aging population with longer life spans and providing an environment conducive to private market solutions. Reinsurers and financial market innovations such as securitization are critical components in the management of longevity risk.

    Prudential’s Amy Kessler will return this year as one of several speakers. Leading industry and academic representatives and policy makers will discuss the assessment of longevity risk, as well as the market and government developments and responses needed by pension funds and insurance companies to manage this risk.

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    2016 Las Vegas Mid-Sized Retirement & Healthcare Plan Management Conference Sep.25-28, Las Vegas

    Corporations continually seek to optimize pension offerings and other post-retirement benefits balancing costs with the retiree experience.  In the current environment of low interest rates, market volatility and ever-changing legislative requirements, this is no small task.  Join Prudential’s David Brooker and Alex Hyten as they explore strategies that help mitigate the risks associated with retiree pension, healthcare and life obligations. Key concepts to be covered at this session:

    • Understanding the current environment as it relates to pensions and other post-retirement benefits
    • What is driving the change as it relates to pensions and other post-retirement benefits
    • What are the solutions being explored and implemented as it relates to pensions and other post-retirement benefits
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    2016 Chicago Mid-Sized Retirement & Healthcare Plan Management Conference Jun.14-17, Chicago

    Corporations continually seek to optimize pension offerings and other post-retirement benefits balancing costs with the retiree experience.  In the current environment of low interest rates, market volatility and ever-changing legislative requirements, this is no small task.  Join Prudential’s David Brooker and Alex Hyten as they explore strategies that help mitigate the risks associated with retiree pension, healthcare and life obligations. Key concepts to be covered at this session:

    • Understanding the current environment as it relates to pensions and other post-retirement benefits
    • What is driving the change as it relates to pensions and other post-retirement benefits
    • What are the solutions being explored and implemented as it relates to pensions and other post-retirement benefits
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    The 2016 Rotman ICPM Discussion Forum Jun.06-08, Boston

    The Rotman International Centre for Pension Management (Rotman ICPM) currently organizes two annual discussion forums throughout the year. These events provide access to Rotman ICPM-sponsored research findings as well as opportunities for knowledge-sharing and network-building for our Research Partners, international industry leaders and regulators interested in furthering pension fund management. Prudential’s Amy Kessler will be a speaker at this year’s forum.

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    European Pensions & Investments Summit 2016 May.23-25, Montreux, Switzerland

    The 16th annual European Pensions & Investments Summit is the ultimate meeting point, bringing elite buyers and sellers together. As an invitation-only event taking place behind closed doors, the summit offers regional pension investors and international fund managers and consultants an intimate environment for focused discussion of the key new drivers shaping institutional asset allocations.

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    Investing in Non-Traditional Fixed-Income Mar.30-31, New York

    Trust in fixed income performance is at an all-time low. With investors on a quest for higher yield and greater performance, non-traditional fixed income has emerged as an attractive counterpoint to current fixed income headwinds. Gain the know-how you need to understand the strategies—and the risks—behind non-traditional fixed income investments.

    Scott E. Gaul, Senior Vice President and Head of Distribution for Prudential’s Pension Risk Transfer business, will be a featured participant in the “Two-Part De-Risking Strategy Round-Up.” Scott’s presentation, “De-risking through Buy-out Annuities,” will provide an overview and history of the pension risk transfer market, and will examine the drivers that are causing companies to transfer pension risk. In addition, Scott will examine the potential catalysts for future growth in this marketplace, as well as the questions plan sponsors should ask themselves when preparing to transact. Scott will also discuss the vital role investment managers/asset portfolios play in a pension risk transfer agreement.

     

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    Rates, Recession and Pension Risk Management: LDI or Risk Transfer? Feb.03, New York

    Fed liftoff and equity market volatility are upsetting plans and creating new risks. Defined benefit plan sponsors seeking to mitigate or remove the risk in their pension plans might shift into a liability-driven investment strategy; snuggle up to a risk-reduction approach called “hibernation”; or go all the way with a full risk transfer transaction—and they don’t have to execute these strategies in any particular order.

    Join Prudential’s Rohit Mathur and Gary Knapp, along with Mercer’s Richard McEvoy, for an insightful examination of the various options on this journey, as well as an expert overview of the pension risk transfer landscape as a whole.

    Click here to register for this free webinar.

    Business Insurance World Captive Forum Jan.31-Feb.03, Boca Raton, Florida

    Captive insurance opportunities continue to expand and evolve. You can learn about the state of the art from fellow captive owners and experts who will share best practices, insights and know-how at the World Captive Forum.

    Prudential’s Amy Kessler, Senior Vice President and Head of Longevity Risk Transfer within Prudential’s Pension Risk Transfer business, will be a featured speaker at this exclusive event. Joining Amy will be Stacy L. Apter, Director, Global Risk and Investments for the Coca-Cola Company, and Nathan Pavlik, Senior International Consultant for Towers Watson. They will discuss “Using Captives to Fund Post-Retirement Benefits.”

     

    Please visit the World Captive Forum website for more information and to register.

    IPE Conference & Awards Nov.19-20, Barcelona

    Prudential Financial, Inc. (PFI) is pleased to sponsor the 2015 IPE Conference & Awards, held at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona.

    Since it launched in 2001, the event has become the must-attend event for pensions professionals, making it the event of the year for everyone involved in Europe’s pensions industry.

    With over 300 key investors attending the event brings together the most influential individuals from all the key pension funds in Europe, providing a unique opportunity to meet clients, acquaintances and new contacts.

    For the first time this year, the event includes an extended two day conference on the 19 & 20 November, which will feature inspiring keynotes, practical panel sessions and new interactive workshops and round table debates.

    To find more information or to register, click here.

    Pension Settlement Strategies Conference Oct.08, Dallas
    Oct.13, Chicago
    Oct.15, New York

    The recent changes in the mortality tables used to calculate longevity expectations in pension plans have caused an acceleration in the already strong trend of pension plan de-risking.

    Though the benefits of de-risking are clear — the process is complex. There are various options for de-risking, a myriad of considerations for the decision-making process, and the process of de-risking, once decided upon, is a daunting undertaking.

    Join members of Prudential’s pension risk transfer team at the 3rd annual Pension Settlement Strategies conference and learn:

    • How to assess whether a risk transfer or a pension settlement is the appropriate course of action
    • How to implement an effective decision-making process
    • How to plan a course of action suited to risk reduction objectives
    • How to ensure that investment strategy meets fiduciary obligations
    • How and when to modify investment strategy to respond to changes in the economic landscape
    • How to efficiently execute a de-risking plan that achieves risk reduction goals

     

    Please visit the Pension Settlement Strategies Conference website for more information.

    Longevity 11: Eleventh International Longevity Risk and Capital Market Solutions Conference Sep.07-09, Lyon, France

    Exploring the latest trends in longevity risk management for European pension funds, life insurers and health insurers. Amy Kessler, senior vice president and head of Prudential Financial Inc.'s (PFI) longevity risk transfer business, will discuss The Longevity Risk Transfer Market at $250 Billion: Innovation, Globalization and Growth. 

    Please visit the Longevity 11 website for more information and to register.

    P&I | The Global Future of Retirement Conference Jun.14-16, New York City

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    Prudential will participate in the second annual P&I Global Future of Retirement Conference, which last year gathered the foremost experts on global retirement for an extraordinary high level discussion of how to re-shape retirement savings. Join them for more discussion on ways to solve the looming crisis.

    William McCloskey, vice president, Longevity Reinsurance at Prudential, will participate in a panel discussion on The Cost of Longevity Risk and What Sponsors Can Do About It.

     

    Please visit the conference website for more information and to register.

    RiskMinds Insurance Mar.16-14, Amsterdam

    Prudential will participate in the 4th annual RiskMinds Insurance, the most comprehensive event for risk management in the insurance industry, providing CRO insights, regulatory updates and the latest in risk and capital management. Over 100 industry speakers from major insurance institutions, regulatory bodies and academic centers will take to the stage to share their experiences and discuss the future of the global insurance industry.

    Amy Kessler, Senior Vice President and Head of Longevity Risk at Prudential will discuss "Removing Longevity Risk from the Balance Sheet” on March 18, 2015. On the following day, Aurore Lecanon, Financial Risk Director, Prudential UK will take part in a panel discussion on “The Future for Insurance Asset Management.”

    Contacts and clients of Prudential are entitled to a 15% discount off the registration fee by quoting VIP code: FKN2429PRU

    Please visit the RiskMinds Insurance conference website for more information and to register.

    Pensions & Investments Pension Settlements Strategies Conference Dec.03, Chicago
    Dec.05, New York

    Companies all across America are struggling to deal with increasing pension liabilities. As reported by Pensions & Investments, some corporations such as GM, Ford, and Verizon have already taken dramatic actions to reduce their liabilities and risk through lump-sum payments to retirees, terminating vested salaried employees, or purchasing group annuity contracts from an insurer.

    Finding the best risk transfer solution requires customizing potential techniques to meet specific needs of the plan. With so much to consider, figuring out where to start can be daunting, especially since liabilities continually increase while a course of action is being considered and properly vetted. To help sort through the decision-making, P&I is gathering leading industry experts who will discuss the best and most affordable plan of action to take in a pension settlement, if any.

    Plan sponsors who attend the Pensions & Investments Pension Settlements Strategies Conference will gain insights on risk transfer solutions to help navigate a settlement decision.

    Please visit the conference website for more information.

    ACLI Annual Conference Oct.27-29, New Orleans, LA

    Amy Kessler, Senior Vice President and Head of Longevity Reinsurance, Prudential Retirement, will discuss "Client Trends & Development in Longevity Risk Transactions."

    Please visit the ACLI Annual conference website for more information.

    Hospital & Healthcare Summit Oct.14-15, Chicago

    Pensions & Investments is bringing together global leaders in all aspects of professional investing and retirement planning for this ground-breaking conference—the first of its kind to tackle the issue of retirement worldwide and explore how investment innovation can drive and improve outcomes for participants universally. Leading international economists, researchers, and investment executives will lead a definitive and thought-provoking discussion about how to address the challenges facing the retirement industry across the globe.

    Please visit the conference website for more information

    Liability Driven Investment Conference Sep.17, Chicago
    Sep.19, New York

    P&I's 8th Annual LDI Conference features insightful case studies presented by pension professionals who have successfully implemented LDI. The conference will highlight:

    • Case studies from plan sponsors—How your peers are implementing LDI
    • How to manage risk through market volatility
    • How to navigate the changes in compliance and regulation with the signing of the Highway Law and Map-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act) in 2012
    • How to dynamically manage Defined Benefit portfolios to add investment return while lowering risk
    Please visit the conference website for more information.

    Las Vegas Mid-Sized Retirement & Healthcare Plan Management Conference Sep.15-18, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

    It's never been easy to plot a direction for your retirement and healthcare benefit plans and stay on course. But now there are new obstacles to consider. Can you continue to offer affordable healthcare to employees without breaking the bank? How can you improve the likelihood that your employees can retire with adequate income to sustain them, no matter how many years that may be? How do you communicate information, costs, and choices to your employees and better yet—get them engaged? The Las Vegas Conference, September 15-18, 2013, is your personal GPS that will guide you through the challenges and on to the best choices for your organization and employees.

    Please visit the conference website for more information.

    Pension Settlement Strategies Sep.09, San Francisco
    Sep.17, Chicago
    Sep.18, New York

    Leading experts will provide advice on how best to analyze pension de-risking strategies at this P&I conference. Plan sponsors will have an opportunity to examine various settlement options which may prove to be less expensive in comparison to a plan’s current pension costs and constant volatility exposure. Now that funded status is on the rise and a few groundbreaking transactions took precedence in 2012, plan sponsors are beginning to shift from "Why should I transact?" to "How do I transact?" By attending this conference, plan sponsors will gain insights on whether a pension settlement is the right option for a plan.

    Please visit the Pension Settlement Strategies conference website for more information

    Longevity 10: Tenth International Longevity Risk and Capital Markets Solutions Conference Sep.03-04, Santiago, Chile

    The key theme of Longevity 10 is "Why longevity risk transfer makes economic sense (for insurers and investors)".

    The aging population and increases in longevity have drawn attention to the management of longevity risk in pension funds, life insurers, and health insurers. Governments face the challenge of financing an aging population with longer life spans and providing an environment conducive to private market solutions. Reinsurers and financial market innovations such as securitisation are critical components in the management of longevity risk.

    Leading international industry and academic representatives, as well as policy makers, will meet and discuss not only the assessment of longevity risk, but also the market and government developments and responses needed by pension funds and insurance companies to manage this risk.

    Confirmed keynote speakers include:

    • Guy Coughlan (Pacific Global Advisors)
    • Alan Fine (Boston University)
    • Amy Kessler (Prudential)
    • John Kiff (IMF)
    • Moshe Milevsky (York University)
    • Angus Macdonald (Heriot Watt University)
    • Jeff Mullholland (Managing Director and Head of Insurance and Pension Solutions, Americas for Société Générale)
    • Brent Walder (Chief Actuary for Prudential Retirement)
    Please visit the Longevity 10: Tenth International Longevity Risk and Capital Markets Solutions conference website for more information

    Investment Innovation and the Global Future of Retirement Jun.23-24, New York

    Pensions & Investments is bringing together global leaders in all aspects of professional investing and retirement planning for this ground-breaking conference—the first of its kind to tackle the issue of retirement worldwide and explore how investment innovation can drive and improve outcomes for participants universally. Leading international economists, researchers, and investment executives will lead a definitive and thought-provoking discussion about how to address the challenges facing the retirement industry across the globe.

    Please visit the conference website for more information

    Pension De-risking: Is it right for your company? Jun.10, Webinar

    Companies managing pension plans are effectively managing an insurance business, along with their core business. As an industrial, healthcare, technology, pharmaceutical or any other non-insurance business, does making the continued investment in the pension plan align with the core business model for continued growth of the company?

    Featuring Lynn Esenwine, Vice President, Pension Risk Transfer Distribution and Stuart Silverman, FSA, MAAA, CERA, Principal and Consulting Actuary, Milliman.

    Watch the replay.

    Mid-Sized Retirement & Healthcare Plan Management Conference May.04-07, Boston

    An educational conference focused on key retirement plan and healthcare benefits issues for mid-sized employers. The Mid-Sizeds are a single, unbiased source for human resource, benefits, and finance executives looking for answers to their employer-sponsored retirement and healthcare plan management questions. At the Boston event, Prudential pension risk transfer experts will discuss "Turning Pension Challenges into Opportunities."

    Please visit the Mid-Sized Retirement & Healthcare Plan Management conference website for more information.

    Preparing for Pension Risk Transfer May.21, Webinar, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time

    Featuring Glenn O'Brien, Managing Director and Head of U.S. Distribution, Pension Risk Transfer and Brian Curran, Investment Senior Vice President, Global Portfolio Management, this webinar will discuss the current pension risk transfer landscape and provide insight on the steps necessary to prepare for a pension risk transfer transaction, including preparation of plan assets and data readiness.

    Watch the replay of Preparing for Pension Risk Transfer.

    Mid-Sized Retirement & Healthcare Plan Management Conference May.04-07, Boston

    An educational conference focused on key retirement plan and healthcare benefits issues for mid-sized employers. The Mid-Sizeds are a single, unbiased source for human resource, benefits, and finance executives looking for answers to their employer-sponsored retirement and healthcare plan management questions. At the Boston event, Prudential pension risk transfer experts will discuss "Turning Pension Challenges into Opportunities."

    Please visit the Mid-Sized Retirement & Healthcare Plan Management conference website for more information.

    Pension De-Risking Summit Jan.20-21, Princeton Club, New York, NY

    In today’s uncertain and volatile markets, implementing a successful pension de-risking strategy for your fund is now more important than ever. Designed by investors, for investors, the Pension De-Risking Summit will delve deeply into the strategies used to successfully de-risk and discuss the various issues surrounding the de-risking process. Hear directly from plan sponsors who have already implemented de-risking strategies and lessons learned from the process so far.

    From risk transference strategies to LDI and the use of glide-paths, plan sponsors and industry leaders will discuss the best strategies for managing your assets and liabilities. Don’t miss out on the ONLY event exploring all your de-risking options! Topics to be discussed include:

    • U.S. Retirement Crisis and De-Risking: An Attempt to Eliminate or Save DB Plans?
    • The Economic Advantages of De-Risking Pensions
    • De-Risking Options and Considerations for Plan Sponsors
    • Implementing LDI Strategies and Challenges
    • Examining the Use of Glide Paths
    • Benchmarking and Monitoring Your De-Risking Plan
    • Regulatory and Legal Developments and Considerations for Plans Considering De-Risking
    • Plan Sponsor Panel: Where Are They Now?
    • Two Part Session on Risk Transference Strategies: Annuitization and Offering Lump Sum Distributions
    Please visit the conference website for more information.

    Living to 100 Symposium Jan.08-10, Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL

    The International Living to 100 Symposium features thought leaders from around the world who gather to share ideas and knowledge on aging, changes in survival rates and their impact on society, and observed and projected increases in aging populations.

    With the support of more than 50 organizations from around the world, past symposia brought together thought leaders from as many as 15 countries, including a diverse range of professionals, scientists, academics, and practitioners. These professionals attended our prestigious 2011 event to discuss the latest scientific information on how and why we age, methodologies for estimating future rates of survival, potential benefits and risks associated with the increasing numbers of retirees, and potential answers to other difficult issues that arise.

    The outcome of each Living to 100 Symposium is a lasting body of research to educate and aid professionals and policymakers in identifying, analyzing, and managing the potential needs and services of future advanced-age populations.

    Please visit the Living to 100 Symposium conference website for more information.