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The estimated aggregate funding level of pension plans sponsored by S&P 1500 companies fell by 1 percent to 82 percent in November, thanks to mixed equity markets and increasing rates.

According to global consultant Mercer, as of November 30, the estimated aggregate deficit of $397 billion increased by $11 billion, when compared with levels at the end of October. Funded status is now up by $107 billion from the $504 billion deficit measured at the end of 2014.

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