Pension Finance Update

March 2012 Pension Finance Update

April 02, 2012

The first quarter of 2012 brought significant relief to beleaguered pension sponsors, undoing the majority of the pain inflicted in 2011. The two “model” plans we track both enjoyed a third straight month of improvement, with traditional “Plan A” improving by 3%, while “Plan B” gained 1%. For the year, Plan A has improved about 8%, and Plan B about 2%, compared with the end of 2011. Download

February 2012 Pension Finance Update

March 01, 2012

Through February, 2012 is two-for-two, allowing pension sponsors to recover almost half of the damage wrought in 2011. The two “model” plans we track both saw improvements in funded status again last month – with traditional “Plan A” improving by 2%, while “Plan B” gained less than 1%. For the year, Plan A has improved about 5%, and Plan B about 1%, compared with the end of 2011. Download

January 2012 Pension Finance Update

February 05, 2012

After a difficult 2011, 2012 got off on a good foot for pension sponsors. The two “model” plans we track both saw improvements in funded status last month – with traditional “Plan A” improving by 3%, while “Plan B” gained about 1%. Download

December 2011 Pension Finance Update

January 09, 2012

Mostly due to record low interest rates, pension sponsors endured another difficult year in 2011, with a typical plan suffering declines in funded status of 10% or more. Shorter duration plans and plans with more conservative asset allocations did better, losing just a few percent on the year. Download

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