Defined Benefit Pension Plan Services

More Than Investment Management

Plan sponsors and trustees are faced with many challenges over the lifetime of a pension plan – closing funding gaps, managing investment risks, determining when to terminate a plan, maintaining a funding policy, or managing fiduciary risks. No two plans require the same solutions, and given the dynamic nature of a plan’s many considerations, its goals will evolve over time. Manning & Napier can help you navigate these challenges.

Whatever your challenge, we offer solutions through comprehensive value-added services that are specifically tailored to address any issue.

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An Active Partnership

We offer services to help you navigate the conflicting goals of growth and stability throughout the lifetime of your plan. Our team understands the challenges of maintaining a plan, as well as a desire to terminate a plan, and is dedicated to helping your organization achieve its goals.

Objective Setting

Understanding the relationship between a plan’s assets and liabilities is key. We examine your plan’s structure and liability characteristics which allows us to help you identify your capacity to take on risk and shape the goals and objectives of your plan.


When assumptions or market conditions change, so do the ongoing costs associated with your pension plan. Forecasting the impact of these changes plays an important role in ensuring an appropriate investment approach. We can model customized scenarios to help you prepare for what the future may hold.

Portfolio Management

We have successfully met the long-term objectives of pension plans over a number of different market environments. Through our portfolio management services, we can help with every aspect of investment management for your organization’s pension plan.

Education Services

We provide education services upon request to help ensure that your plan’s trustees have the tools to make the best decisions for the plan and its participants. Our programs include a variety of topics and are tailored to the investment and pension background of your group.

Ongoing Monitoring

We recognize that as a pension plan matures, its liability characteristics evolve, which can impact the plan’s objectives. It is important to have ongoing monitoring on a proactive basis to see that the plan’s goals are met. We keep today in focus while remaining mindful that things can change in the future.

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The Defined Benefit Pension Team

Our team has firsthand experience with the nuances of defined benefit plans and will help you develop solutions to any of your pension needs throughout the life of your plan.

  • Valerie Loyet, ASA, EA, FCA, MAAA

    Retirement Plans Actuary

  • James Esposito, QPA

    Qualified Plans Consultant

  • Mark Macpherson, CFA®, AIF®

    Managing Director, Client Analytics Group

  • Bryan Burdick

    Senior Investment Consultant

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