MetLife's U.S. Pension Risk Behavior Index rose to its highest level in four years, as companies took a more balanced approach to risk management. In its fourth annual U.S. Pension Risk Behavior Index Study, MetLife found that plan sponsors of the largest U.S. defined benefit pension plans are focusing more on risk management and plan liabilities and are increasingly viewing plan assets in the context of liabilities.

According to the plan sponsors surveyed for this study, underfunding of liabilities and asset and liability mismatch are two of the most pressing risk factors they face.

The 2012 study, which surveyed 156 corporate plan sponsors, measured their aptitude and attitudes about managing the 18 investment, liability and business risks to which their plans are exposed.

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