Glide Path Design


Guiding Principles

  • Key objective is to introduce a framework to guide the de-risking process
  • Main driver should be funded status.¬†As funding status goes up, the upside generally gets more limited and risk should be reduced
  • Start from the end state and fill in a simple path to get there. Seek adequate return for current and end state to help achieve plan objectives
  • May consider introducing additional variables that indicate the relative attractiveness of Return-Seeking Assets (RSA) relative to Liability-Hedging Assets (LHA) for more tactical allocations
  • Try to keep it simple


Funded Status

LHA Allocation









The ability of an actual portfolio to deliver the required cash flows is not guaranteed and is subject to a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the availability of bonds, active management and trading, transaction costs, default risk, reinvestment risk, rebalancing risk and liquidity risk.

Any investment that has the possibility for profits also has the possibility of losses.

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