Annual Private Pension Plan Bulletins provide statistical summary of Form 5500
data on private pension plans including plan counts, participant counts and
financial totals (including assets by category, contributions and benefits).
Form 5500 data shows the total amount of assets held by pension plans increased
1.0% to $6.35 trillion in 2011. Defined benefit (DB) plan assets increased 2.8%
to $2.52 trillion, while defined contribution (DC) plan assets decreased by 0.1%
to $3.83 trillion.
total number of pension plans decreased in 2011 to approximately 683,000 plans,
a 2.5% decrease over 2010. The number of DC plans declined by 2.5%, while the
number of DB plans decreased by 2.8%.
2011, the total active participant count decreased from 90.6 million to 90.2
million. The number of active participants in DB plans decreased for the
twelfth straight year, by 3.9% in 2011. The number of active participants in DC
plans increased to 73.7 million in 2011, up 0.3% from 73.4 million in 2010.
number of 401(k) type plans decreased from 519,000 to 513,000 in 2011. The
number of active participants in 401(k) type plans grew by 1.4%.
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