Corporate pension plans recorded some gains during October, but it's going to take some work for them to come anywhere near close to the goals they set for the year.

That's according to the latest Pension Funding Index from consulting and actuarial firm Milliman, Inc.

The analysis of the 100 largest U.S. corporate pension plans found that during October, the plans experienced an increase in funded status of $25 billion, based on a $33 billion increase in asset values and an $8 billion increase in pension liabilities.

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