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February 16, 2012
Pension solvency ratios drop to 68 per cent

Sponsors of defined benefit (DB) pension plans may have to double their contributions in 2012 in order to maintain plan solvency.

According to studies published by Aon Hewitt, the median pension solvency ratio has dropped from 83 per cent at the beginning of 2011 to 68 per cent today.   Plans undergoing actuarial valuations in 2012 should expect to be required to provide extra funding to their pension plans, the group says.

With interest rates at historic lows and equity markets facing more uncertainty due to the Eurozone debt crisis, pension plan sponsors should expect to see continued weakness in their pensions’ performance and overall funding.

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