Articles | April 27, 2022

Model Pension Plan's Funded Status Rises

During the first quarter of 2022, the funded status of the model pension plan examined in each issue of Prism rose by 6 percentage points, to 107 percent, as illustrated in the graph below.

This increase in funded status is primarily attributable to a 11 percent decrease in liabilities, partially offset by a 6 percent decrease in assets.

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Prism Review of First Quarter 2022

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

Equity and fixed income returns were negative across the board during Q1, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and relentlessly increasing inflation readings globally dominated headlines.

U.S. equity markets had their worst performance since Q1 2020 (when COVID-19 lockdowns began), with March providing slightly positive returns, which could not offset the negative returns during the first two months of the quarter.

Fixed income returns were poor both domestically and internationally as interest rates soared across the globe.

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