Articles | May 10, 2021

Pension Plan Funded Status Increases as Interest Rates Rise

During the first quarter of 2021 (Q1), the funded status of the model pension plan examined in each issue of Prism improved by 12 percentage points, up to 100 percent. This issue of Prism explores the reasons behind this increase, and what plan sponsors should examine in their own defined benefit plans.

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Plan sponsors should examine changes in their own DB plans’ assets, liabilities and funded ratios from the vantage point of both accounting and funding metrics.

We can help employers project their DB plans’ funded ratios with a complete view of the range of a plan’s possible future statuses, presenting early warning signs of potential challenges.

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