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The passage of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act and, in some ways, the market crash caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have put a greater focus on providing guaranteed lifetime income for defined contribution (DC) plan participants.
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Reduced PBGC variable rate premiums may make now an optimum time to contribute. Plan sponsors undertaking risk-transfer activities in underfunded plans should consider contributing additional assets to maintain funded status equivalence. For some plans, low borrowing rates may present an opportunity.
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A pension plan is a non-core business with significant costs and risks. Over the last 19 years there have been nearly $800 billion in cash contributions in just the largest 100 U.S. pension plans. Yet, despite significant contributions and favorable equity market returns, funded status has not meaningfully recovered from the low of the financial...
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Pension risk transfer (PRT) helps companies deliver on their promises. It can take several forms, all with the goal of ensuring the financial security of a company’s employees, past or present, who are enrolled in the plan. We’ll look at buyouts and buy-ins, plan terminations, and lift-outs, and why a company’s CFO might take one...
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The share prices of companies that have transferred their pension obligations to an insurer typically perform better than their peers', according to analysis by Mercer. The firm found that in general, undertaking a pension risk transfer (PRT) does not appear to be hindrance, with “reasonable evidence” that it can have a positive impact on the...
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Price monitoring may unlock opportunities for plan sponsors in today's market environment.
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Defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors took an unexpected hit when the market crashed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many found past strategies they used in bear markets needed to be tweaked for the unprecedented volatility that followed.
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Many employers with defined benefit pension plans would love to put responsibility for the plans in the hands of a life insurer, by buying a large group annuity contract.  Predictions about how the current COVID-19, stock price and interest rate turmoil will affect the market for pension risk transfer annuities are.... highly diverse.
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Defying forecasts of another grim month due to global market volatility, the funded status of the 100 largest US corporate pension funds surprisingly increased $93 billion in March despite deteriorating economic conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Just a month after hitting its lowest level in more than three years the Milliman 100 Pension Funding Index...
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