Defined benefit plan economic performance: A look back at 2021 and a look ahead

Join us for a recap of 2021 performance of key asset values, pension discount rates, and the funded status implications of these movements on defined benefit plans. We'll also discuss 2022 projections.

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In spite of inflation, supply chain disruptions, and multiple COVID-19 surges, corporate pension plans may end 2021 with the highest aggregate funded status in decades fueled by the increase in asset values and a decrease in liabilities. Legislation also provided welcome cash funding relief and increased flexibility.

So, as we head into 2022 with a strong labor market and a reviving economy, can we expect another year of double-digit gains?

Our speakers will discuss:

  • 2021 investment returns

  • Interest rate changes and the impact on pension liabilities

  • Pension funded status

  • The outlook for 2022

About our speakers

Jeff Gabrione-formattedJeff Gabrione, CFA | Jeff heads Buck’s U.S. manager research function within the Investments group and is responsible for manager due diligence and investment research across all asset classes. With more than 30 years of investment industry experience, including manager research and guidance, he works with consultants and clients on asset allocation and portfolio construction.

Scott KropfScott Kropf, FSA, CFA, EA, FCA, MAAA | Scott is a Principal and Growth Leader for Buck’s U.S Wealth Practice. He oversees growth efforts by championing new ideas and thinking to support Buck’s consultants and clients. Scott has also been consulting with clients on all aspects of their retirement programs for more than 30 years and is an advisor to Buck’s Office of the Chief Actuary.

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