Perspectives on a volatile market and the impact of COVID-19: Managing pension risk in an era of uncertainty

Join us and PIMCO market strategist Tony Crescenzi for a discussion on the dramatic shifts in the market and the implications for plan sponsors and the capital markets.


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Global economic disruption caused by the coronavirus is producing serious economic headwinds. With current market volatility, what strategies are appropriate for managing pension fund status risk?

To help answer this question, PIMCO market strategist Tony Crescenzi will join Buck’s investment team to provide a macroeconomic outlook for 2020 and beyond. The panel will explore: 

  • Portfolio positioning based on the 2020 economic outlook

  • Short and long-term implications for defined benefit plans

  • Market volatility and pension de-risking strategies

About our speakers

Tony Crescenzi, Executive Vice President, PIMCO | Tony is an executive vice president, market strategist and generalist portfolio manager in their New York office. He is also a member of the Investment Committee. He has written five books, including "The Strategic Bond Investor" and "Beyond the Keynesian Endpoint." He regularly appears on CNBC and Bloomberg television and in financial news media. Tony has 36 years of investment experience and holds an MBA from St. John's University and an undergraduate degree from the City University of New York.

Mike Mecca, Principal, Wealth practice | Mike is the Chief Investment Officer and U.S. Practice Leader for Buck’s Investment Consulting practice. He specializes in investment consulting services for endowments, foundations, insurance companies, and defined contribution and defined benefit pension plans. He has more than 30 years of experience in the investment management industry (portfolio management, manager research, consulting) and is a CFA Charterholder. Mike graduated from Quinnipiac University with a bachelor's degree in finance and a minor in economics.  

Tom Sablak, Principal, Wealth practice | Tom is a member of Buck’s Financial Risk Management group and serves as the annuity placement leader. In addition to his annuity placement expertise, he specializes in pension valuation, de-risking, and plan termination. With more than 25 years’ defined benefit consulting experience, Tom helps plan sponsors understand and mitigate risks inherent in defined benefit pension plans. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and economics from Bowdoin College (summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa). 

Sarvesh Soi, Principal, Wealth practice | Sarvesh serves as the head of the Financial Risk Management group. He is a seasoned actuary with 19 years of broad and diverse experience in pensions and investments. In recent years, his primary focus has been developing, implementing, and monitoring liability driven investment solutions for defined benefit pension plan sponsors. Sarvesh graduated with a bachelor's degree in actuarial mathematics from the University of Michigan and is an Enrolled Actuary (EA), CFA Charterholder, and a Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries (FCA). 

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