River and Mercantile Solutions is a leading institutional investment and actuarial advisor and fiduciary manager. We are dedicated to providing our clients with the understanding and tools to successfully meet the investment goals of their institution. River and Mercantile Solutions is a division of River and Mercantile Group PLC, which is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange (Ticker: RIV).

Actuarial Solutions

Pension Risk Transfer

Strategically transferring risk from a pension plan can help save plan sponsors significant administrative costs. Our robust process has helped numerous companies analyze and implement a strategy that makes sense for them. As a co-fiduciary and consultant, our annuity placement services are unparalleled in the marketplace.

Actuarial Consulting

Our services are more than just numbers and contribution schedules. We take the time to help plan sponsors define successful outcomes for their pension plans and craft the game plan for achieving them. We provide comprehensive valuation, regulatory, and compliance services.

Plan Termination Services

Plan termination is the culmination of the life of a pension plan with the ultimate event of paying out benefits to your participants. Before you can get to that final payout, however, there are three key stages plan sponsors go through; preparation, implementation, and distribution.

Investment Solutions

Derivatives

Equity volatility in pension plans can be detrimental to a plan sponsor. Through River & Mercantile Derivatives, companies can effectively manage their equity risk in a thoughtful and meaningful way.

Fiduciary Management

Delegated fiduciary responsibility for managing investment decisions and implementation allows investors to focus on strategic decisions and leave the day-to-day tactical decisions to us.

Defined Contribution Solutions

Effectively monitoring funds, fees, and service providers increases the likelihood that participants have a positive experience saving for retirement. Ensuring good governance also protects plan fiduciaries and helps everyone to sleep well at night.

Investment Solutions

Specialist advice coupled with investment services, River and Mercantile Solutions provides institutional investors a premium investment and governance solution. We work with investors to develop robust investment risk strategies taking into account assets and liabilities

News

Pension Investing – Why Equity Derivatives Now?

Pension Investing – Why Equity Derivatives Now?

Equity returns of 15% or higher would usually be cause for celebration among corporate pension plan investors. However, despite these strong returns, many plan sponsors have seen a decline in their funded ratios during 2019. This is mainly attributable to falling interest rates, causing the value of liabilities to increase faster than assets for many. This is a continuation of a frustrating cycle that plan sponsors are all too familiar with: strong equity returns offset by rapidly rising liability values.

Retirement Update – September 2019

Retirement Update – September 2019

August proved to be a difficult month for equity markets as continuing trade tensions and weakening economic data triggered a flight to safety. As a result, interest rates fell across the curve more so at the long end which caused a portion of the yield curve to invert. Emerging market equities were hurt the most in this off-risk environment. Given the above, funded status for plans that were not hedged likely decreased significantly for the month.

PBGC Methods: Think Before You Switch

PBGC Methods: Think Before You Switch

PBGC premiums for 2019 are coming due soon, and there are two options to determine the interest rate used when calculating a plan’s premium based on underfunding. One option will reduce the premium this year, but at the likely cost of a higher premium next year.