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

Interest Rates – Where to From Here?

Understanding the dynamics that drive interest rates is critical to understanding the level of current rates, why they have changed in the past, and how they might change in the future. This understanding allows investors and pension sponsors to make informed decisions on how to deploy their bond portfolios and what to expect from their long-term, interest rate-sensitive liabilities.

Retirement Update – May 2019

The month of April increased funded status gains since the beginning of the year. For most plans, gains since the beginning of the year should be up by about 2% to 3%. Equities added to 2019’s strong returns, with US equities leading the way in April.

A Powerful 3 Step Strategy: Increase Expected Return on Pension Assets at the Same (or Lower) Level of Funded Status Risk

It is possible for pension plan sponsors to increase expected returns on assets by 100 to 300 basis points (1-3%) per year for the same or lower funded status risk. The process and steps are spelled out below. Follow along and you’ll see how to increase expected returns, potentially cutting years off of the time required to reach full funding while also decreasing the pension expense reported in the financial statements.