Industry Updates

Pension Plan Annuity Purchase Update – Q4 2018

Pension Plan Annuity Purchase Update – Q4 2018

Market ActivitySource: LIMRA Secure Retirement InstituteTotal pension buyout sales once again increased in 2018. Q4 sales totaled nearly $10.5 billion which brings total 2018 sales to $26.4 billion, compared to $23 billion in 2017. While Q3 and Q4 sales...

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Retirement Update – April 2019

Retirement Update – April 2019

The month of March gave back some of the funded status gains since the beginning of the year. For most plans, gains since the beginning of the year should still be up by about 1% to 2%. Equities added to 2019’s strong returns, with global equities up over 10% year to date. The fall in discount rates and the corresponding increase in liabilities remind us of the impact that changes in rates have on a pension plan’s funding status.

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Retirement Update – March 2019

Retirement Update – March 2019

Key Takeaways: Discount rates were relatively stable. February was a quieter month for bond markets following prior volatility in both US Treasury yields and corporate bond yields. Equities rose as markets continued to look beyond recent concerns about...

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2018 Pension Plan Report Card – C+ Year

2018 Pension Plan Report Card – C+ Year

      Last year was a so-so year at best for most plan sponsors. For most of the year things looked good but by the end of 2018 there were few things to celebrate. The good news was that interest rates were up year-over-year, but, in December, rates...

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Retirement Update – February 2019

Retirement Update – February 2019

2019 is off to a great start for the vast majority of pension plans. Equities saw increases across the board, with small cap equity leading the way with returns of over 11% for the month, and international equities bringing up the rear with returns of over 7%.

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Pension Plan Annuity Purchase Update – Q3 2018

Pension Plan Annuity Purchase Update – Q3 2018

Market Activity Source: LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute Through the first three quarters of 2018, pension buy-out sales continue on a record-breaking pace. Q3 sales totaled $6.3 billion which brings year to date sales to $15.9 billion, compared to $11.9...

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Retirement Update – January 2019

Retirement Update – January 2019

With discount rates and equities declining significantly during the month, December was a rough end to the calendar year for pension sponsors, most of which will have seen material declines in funded status during the month. Rates were still up for the calendar year, protecting most plans from large funded status declines, even with assets declining during the year.

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Retirement Update – December 2018

Retirement Update – December 2018

Key Takeaways: Discount rates were flat for the month, but still up materially since the beginning of the year. Investment returns were mostly up, however an up and down month for equities. Funded status should have remained neutral to slightly positive...

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Retirement Update – November 2018

Retirement Update – November 2018

October saw some of the worst equity market performance in recent years, although there has been some recovery into November. The negative impact on funded status due to equities would have been offset to a degree by rising interest rates throughout the month.

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Pension Plan Annuity Purchase Update – Q2 2018

Pension Plan Annuity Purchase Update – Q2 2018

Market Activity Source: LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute Through the first half of 2018, pension buy-out sales are once again on a record-breaking pace. Q2 sales eclipsed $8.2 billion which brings year to date sales to $9.6 billion. If Q3 and Q4 sales...

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