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Pension plans sponsored by S&P 1500 companies saw a $41 billion drop in their pension deficits in October, according to Mercer. The deficit went from about $512 billion at the end of September 2011 to $471 billion at the end of October. Pensions were funded at a ratio of 75 percent as of Oct. 31, compared to a funded ratio of 72 percent at the end of September and 81 percent on Dec. 31, 2010.


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