For the month of September, assets for the typical corporate plan fell 4.5% and liabilities increased 6.2%, according the BNY Mellon Pension Summary Report for September. The asset decline reflected the third month in a row of falling equities, while the rise in liabilities was tied to the 40-basis-point decline of the corporate discount rate to 4.54%, the report said.
“Concerns about the sluggish economy, the European sovereign debt issues and the U.S. budget issues have all contributed to growing investor pessimism,” said Jeffrey B. Saef, Managing Director, BNY Mellon Asset Management, and head of the Investment Strategy & Solutions Group. “As a result, they continue to flee equities and other risky assets and have increased their allocations to Treasuries.”
He added, “The funded status of corporate plans has fallen dramatically since June. With interest rates falling to historically low levels, a sustained rally in the equity markets will be needed for the funding levels to recover.”
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