Prism examines the effect of changes in the assets and liabilities of a model single-employer, private sector defined benefit plan on its funded ratio over the four most recent quarters.
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During the third quarter of 2019 (Q3), the funded status of the model pension plan examined in each issue of Prism fell by 5 percentage points, to 81 percent. This is a result of a 1 percent asset gain offset by a 7 percent increase in liabilities. The sharp rise in liabilities is attributable to a decrease in high quality corporate yields.
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Previous issues are available on the Prism archive page.
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