Fourth Quarter 2013 Pension Plan Experience

Abstract

During the fourth quarter of 2013, the funded status of the model pension plan examined in each issue of Prism increased by 5 percentage points: from 93 percent to 98 percent. This increase was driven by an asset return of 5 percent and a liability decrease of 1 percent.

Plan sponsors should examine changes in their own defined benefit plans' assets, liabilities and funded ratios both from the vantage point of accounting and funding metrics.