Articles | January 31, 2022

Model Pension Plan Ends 2021 Fully Funded

During the fourth quarter of 2021, the funded status of the model pension plan examined in each issue of Prism rose by 4 percentage points, to 101 percent, as illustrated in the graph below.

This increase in funded status is primarily attributable to a 4 percent increase in assets. 

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Aspects of investment performance that contributed to the gain in asset value

U.S. equity markets performed very well during the fourth quarter, to close out a third consecutive calendar year of above-20 percent returns. Developed international equities also performed well for the quarter and the year, but trailed U.S. equities for a fourth consecutive quarter.

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