Using an 80% funded ratio as a benchmark for whether pension plans are healthy is inappropriate.
No single level of funding defines a line between a “healthy” and an “unhealthy” pension plan.
Pension plans are generally better evaluated on the strategy in place to attain a funded ratio of 100% within a reasonable period of time.
The financial health of a pension plan depends on many factors in addition to funded status— including the size of any shortfall compared with the resources of the plan sponsor.
Projections under a range of scenarios can be particularly useful in evaluating the plan’s expected funding trajectory and assessing plan health.
Author(s): Pension Practice Council
Publication Date: October 2021
Publication Site: American Academy of Actuaries
Keweenaw Report reached out to City of Houghton manager Eric Waara to see if there was a similar arrangement for DPW staff there. He said everyone’s plan was converted to MERS over a decade ago. Waara says Houghton’s fund is well over 80 percent covered, which is considered excellent. That means current assets can cover nearly all expected future liabilities related to retirement.
Publication Date: 6 May 2021
Publication Site: Keweenaw Report
SB 84’s legislative analysis estimates the proposed change would save the state $8.3 million in the first year, increasing to $109.7 million annually after 30 years.
As of June 30, FRS held $164.3 billion in assets against $200.3 billion in liabilities, leaving $36 billion in unfunded liabilities, which means the FRS could cover 82 percent of its obligations if every member retired today.
Templin said an 80-percent threshold is the “gold standard” in pension viability and the FRS is “in very good shape.”
Which makes it attractive for manipulation, said AFSCME Florida Retiree Executive Board member Maxie Hicks.
Author(s): John Haughey
Publication Date: 2 April 2021
Publication Site: The Center Square
According to the report, the county’s retirement apparatus is now 71% funded, compared to 70% in January 2020.
Although the unfunded pension gap increased from $3.5 billion to $3.6 billion in that time, the total market value of the county’s assets also grew, from $8.1 billion to $8.8 billion, according to PARC.
If investment growth remains positive, and the county’s financial condition does not suffer from additional financial shocks like the one stemming from coronavirus, PARC estimated that the 80% funded status could be attained by 2027.
Author(s): City News Service
Publication Date: 9 February 2021
Publication Site: Desert Sun