When it Comes to Pension Reform, Focusing on an ‘Ideal’ Assumed Rate of Return Misses the Mark

As some pension plans across the country continue to struggle with growing unfunded liabilities, we hear a lot these days about pension reform.  One common topic these reforms address is the assumed rate of return used in calculating the fund’s required contribution rate.  While it is imperative that all assumptions used in the calculation of an employer’s pension cost are reasonable and reviewed periodically, it seems that blaming a fund’s chosen rate of return for any funding shortfalls is probably missing the mark.

While policy makers continue to grapple with the question of what is a ‘realistic’ or ‘ideal’ investment assumption, a pension plan experiencing funding difficulties is likely less because of the actual assumption and more the result of not consistently making the required contributions, or failing to adjust the contribution rate when plan experience doesn’t meet the assumptions. 

Tagged Investment Assumption, reform

Closing a Pension Plan Does Not Eliminate Liabilities

 

Since the Great Recession in 2008, warnings of an impending pension crisis have been splashed across the business pages of newspapers across the country. Despite these boisterous decrees, America’s public pension funds are stable. We explore the roots behind the false pension crisis narrative and examine the facts.

Tagged pension reform, pensions, reform, Retirement Security, Value of pensions, Pension Health

Pension Reform Should Not Focus On All-Or-None Solutions

Tagged Employers, Members, pension reform, Prospective Members, reform, Retirees, Security, three legged stool, Unfunded Liability

Pension Reform Jeopardy: "I’ll take The Real Truth for $1,000, Alex!"

Tagged Employers, Members, Prospective Members, reform, Retirees

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