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Wednesday, December 1st, 2021
A biweekly topical newsletter from PLANSPONSOR
DB Plans
Information about defined benefit (DB) plan designs, administration and investment strategies.
Administration
The Importance of Good Data for DB Plan PRT Activities
While clean data is important for identifying deaths and locating participants and beneficiaries, it can also have a great cost benefit for plan sponsors implementing pension risk transfer activities.
Administration
Reasons Not to Use Pension Funding Relief
Using funding relief to lower contributions to DB plans can increase PBGC premiums and get those plan sponsors that are moving toward pension risk transfer off track.
Data and Research
Many DB Plan Sponsors Adjusting LDI Strategies
Defined benefit plan sponsors have positive views of the direction interest rates will take and of equity markets, but they remain wary of how a continued pandemic will impact their plans.
Data and Research
80% Funded Status Not a Definitive Measure of DB Plan Health
The American Academy of Actuaries says a defined benefit plan’s funded ratio should be measured along with investment and contribution strategy, as well as the size of any shortfall compared with plan sponsor resources.
Data and Research
Most DB Plan Sponsors Seeking an Exit
More pension risk transfer transactions are likely to be seen within the decade—and by more down-market plans—for a variety of reasons.
Investing
Rebalancing Can Be an Important Tool for DB Plans During Volatile Market
J.P. Morgan’s proprietary analysis of the 100 largest corporate pensions reveals several lessons defined benefit plan sponsors can learn from last year.
Administration
DB Plans Can Take Proactive Steps to Protect Against Cybersecurity Threats
What questions should defined benefit plan officials ask about their cybersecurity protocols?
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