Pension Risk Transfer Attractiveness Rebounds

April 12, 2012 ( - The Dietrich Pension Risk Transfer Index rose significantly from its prior month’s level of 85.31, and currently sits at 89.44 as of April 1, 2012.  

The Index tracks the relative attractiveness of annuitizing pension liabilities. The increased index value was driven by higher interest rates and improved pension funding levels. The current index value is at its highest level since September 2011.

“Volatile equity and interest rate markets combined with large employer contributions can drive dramatic changes in pension funding throughout the year. This underscores the need for frozen pension plan sponsors whose objectives include de-risking and exit planning to have the support of a risk transfer specialist who is focused on strategies that shift pension risks away from the business of the sponsoring organization.” said Jay Dinunzio, senior consultant at Dietrich & Associates.

The Dietrich Pension Risk Transfer Index can be found at