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Almost a Third of Defined Benefit Plans Have 95% Funding, Making Buyouts, Risk Transfers ‘Feasible,’ Study Finds

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Approximately 30% of U.S. defined benefit (DB) pension plans currently have a funded status of 95% or higher, making a full buyout or significant risk transfer transaction a “feasible option” for a growing number of plans since the start of the year, according to a recent analysis by RiskFirst, a financial technology company that works with pensions and professional investors.

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Such a high funding ratio for assets over liabilities puts a pension plan within realistic reach of selling a large portion of its projected benefit obligation (PBO) to an insurer or eventually terminating

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