RiskFirst’s analysis that nearly a third of US pension plans are now within striking distance of a buyout sparks interest from the specialist press

RiskFirst has announced that approximately 30% of US pension plans may now have a funded status of 95% or more, making a buyout or significant risk-transfer deal a feasible option.

Their analysis of some 500 plans with assets of over $100bn highlights that the number of plans within this funding level band has increased by 50% in the first half of 2018. With market factors – such as new accounting reforms, a strong performance in equity markets and increased PBGC premiums – creating particularly favourable conditions to de-risk, there is the potential for risk transfer rates to rise considerably.

Following Moorgate’s outreach, P&I, Life Annuity Specialist, Plan Advisor, Plan Sponsor, Financial IT, Fintech Finance, Fintech Insight, and New York Business Journal covered the news.