Segal Marco Advisors and Sibson Consulting’s Pension Funding Tracker Shows Another Funding Increase in Third Quarter of 2018
The funded status of the model pension plan examined by Segal Marco Advisors and Sibson Consulting rose by 2 percentage points to 95 percent in the third quarter of 2018, as illustrated by the red line in the graph below. The funding increase is a result of a 3 percent asset return offset by a 1 percent increase in liabilities, and marks the fourth consecutive quarter during which the plan’s funded status increased.
“Domestic stocks were the strongest performers, with U.S. stocks outperforming both developed international stocks and emerging market stocks. Internationally, developed international outperformed emerging markets for the quarter,” said David Palmerino, vice president with Segal Marco Advisors. “These aspects contributed to the 0.05 percent gain in asset value.”
National Retirement Practice Leader Stewart Lawrence suggests that plan sponsors examine changes in their own defined benefit plans for both accounting and funding metrics: “Any change in either the shape or level of the yield curve, could have a different impact on liabilities for plans with different maturities,” he noted.
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The Segal Group (www.segalgroup.net) is a privately owned benefits, compensation and investment-consulting firm with more than 1,000 employees throughout the U.S. and Canada. Members of The Segal Group include: Segal Consulting, Sibson Consulting, Segal Select Insurance Services, Inc. and Segal Marco Advisors.