Data and Research

Plan Withdrawals Continue to Affect Multiemployer Plans

Based on a partial year of data for 2016, 1.3% of all employers withdrew, affecting 19% of plans that covered 67% of all participants, the Society of Actuaries found. Withdrawal liability assessments were not nearly enough to cover these plan’s unfunded liabilities.

Study Shows Pension Funding Relief Helped DB Plans

When computing defined benefit (DB) plan liabilities for 2015 using unsmoothed corporate bond rates to discount liabilities, roughly 84% of plans had unfunded liabilities, versus 11% for plans using the smoothed bond rates, the Society of Actuaries found.