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Despite strong equity returns during 2019, most defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors likely saw only a small improvement to their plan’s funded status over the year.

The funded status of the nation’s largest corporate pension plans edged up slightly in 2019 as historically low interest rate levels mostly offset the strongest investments gains witnessed by plan sponsors since 2003, according to an analysis by Willis Towers Watson.

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