Pension Funding Index, July 2012

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By John W. Ehrhardt, Zorast Wadia | 09 July 2012

The funded status of the 100 largest corporate defined benefit pension plans dropped by $57 billion during June 2012, as measured by the Milliman 100 Pension Funding Index (PFI). The deficit increased from $358 billion at the end of May to $415 billion, the second largest deficit in the 12-year history of the Milliman 100 PFI. In the second financial quarter of 2012, funded status deteriorated by $186 billion.

June’s funded status decline was due to a decrease in corporate bond interest rates that are the benchmarks used to value pension liabilities and investment losses.

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