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Retirement plan issues for Finance Department

Annuity Purchase Update: May 2021 Interest Rates

Despite the persistence of the pandemic, it is clear that the outlook for plan sponsors is currently trending positively. Equity markets are strong and interest rates are rising. This is leading to improved plan funding statuses and lower annuity purchase prices.

Annuity Purchase Update: April 2021 Interest Rates

Despite the persistence of the pandemic, it is clear that the outlook for plan sponsors is currently trending positively. Equity markets are strong and interest rates are rising. This is leading to improved plan funding statuses and lower annuity purchase prices.

March 2021 Pension Finance Update

Pension finances enjoyed another good month in March, capping the best quarter in memory, led by higher interest rates with stock markets playing a supporting role.

February 2021 Pension Finance Update

Pension finance enjoyed its best month in more than three years in February, buoyed by higher stock prices and higher interest rates.

De-risking in 2021 – Part 1

In this article we provide our standard analysis of de-risking: how changes in interest rates and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation premiums may affect sponsor decisions to de-risk (or not de-risk) defined benefit plan liabilities in 2021.

Annuity Purchase Update: February 2021 Interest Rates

De-risking defined benefit pension plans through the purchase of annuities has been executed by companies of all sizes as a way to manage their liabilities and expenses. In 2020, $26.5B of annuities were purchased by plan sponsors. Many frozen plans implement this strategy to move them a step closer to their ultimate end game.