Despite substantial contributions from plan sponsors and strong equity markets, reduced interest rates have resulted in funded positions only slightly higher in 2019. As of the end of 2019, the average pension plan was 88% funded, up from 85% a year prior.
Entering a new year is a great time to reassess strategic priorities to ensure firms are positioned for a brighter financial future. Mercer’s team of defined benefit (DB) experts present the key areas of focus for plan sponsors in 2020.
01/ Limiting potential for losses
04/ Dealing with the low-interest-rate environment
07/ Is it time to consider debt refinancing and accelerated funding?
10/ Stepping up your governance game
02/ Where's the growth?
05/ Accessing private markets
08/ Achieving best execution in the pension risk transfer (PRT) marketplace
03/ Finding the elusive alpha
06/ Expanding the asset allocation toolkit
09/ Is plan termination the right destination for you?