2020 Vision: Defined Benefit

Top 10 areas of focus

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?

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