Pension Finance Update

July 2017 Pension Finance Update

July 31, 2017

Strong stock markets have buoyed pension sponsors this year, overcoming lower interest rates to produce improvements in pension funded status, and July saw a continuation of this trend. Both model plans we track enjoyed modest (less than 1%) improvement last month and remain in the black for the year so far. Traditional Plan A is now up more than 2% this year, while the more conservative Plan B is ahead 1% through the first seven months of 2017. Read More

June 2017 Pension Finance Update

July 02, 2017

Pension sponsors suffered modest declines in funded status last month, due to mixed stock markets and lower long-term interest rates, but both model plans we track have enjoyed modest improvement overall in the first half of 2017. Plan A lost close to 1% last month but is still ahead almost 2% for the year, while Plan B lost a fraction last month but is still up about a half percent during the first half of the year. Read More

March 2017 Pension Finance Update

April 02, 2017

The short version is: good month, good quarter. Pension sponsors made it three for three so far in 2017 with another modestly positive month for pension finance. Stocks gained a bit last month, while interest rates also edged up, shaving pension liabilities. Both model pension plans we track gained ground again in March: Plan A improved 1% and is now up 3% this year, while Plan B added a fraction and is now up 1% through the first quarter of 2017. Read More

February 2017 Pension Finance Update

March 07, 2017

Pension sponsors enjoyed a second month of modest improvement in finances during February on the strength of strong stock markets. Both model pension plans we track gained ground again last month: Plan A improved 1% in February and is now up 2% this year, while Plan B added a fraction and is now up almost 1% total through the first two months of the year: Read More

January 2017 Pension Finance Update

February 14, 2017

Pension sponsors enjoyed a modest boost in January on the strength of higher stock markets and steady interest rates during the month. Both model pension plans we track were up last month: Plan A gained a bit more than 1%, while Plan B gained less than 1%: Read More

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