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Rising U.S. bond yields offer relief to corporate America's pension plans [Reuters]

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PDF Rising U.S. bond yields offer relief to corporate America's pension plans | Reuters 4 Min Read NEW YORK (Reuters) - The swift rise in U.S. bond yields in February may be whipsawing some stock market portfolios but it may bring relief to corporate America’s largest pension plans. For pension funds, rising interest rates can generate more investment income to cover their obligations to pay pensioners. The prolonged low-rate, low-volatility environment since the 2008 financial crisis posed a challenge for pension fund managers. Not only were returns on bonds low, but the market value of their liabilities was rising, reducing the so-called funding ratio of pension funds. Rising bond yields can be good for pension plans because it can lower the required annual cash infusions while still meeting their liabilities, said Michael Schlachter, a partner at pension fund advisor Mercer Investment Consulting in Boulder, Colorado. The estimated aggregate funding status of pension plans sponsored by [Read more]

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