wind blowing money off treeSeveral headwinds in the immediate and near-term future couldcreate what one expert calls “contribution regret,” whereinsponsors fail to hold onto funding gains after investing valuableassets to shore up their obligations. (Photo:Shutterstock)

The aggregate funding levels for corporate single-employerdefined benefit pension plans is tracking athighs not seen since the 2008 financial crisis.

Mercer recently estimated the aggregate funding level of S&P500 sponsors at 91 percent. Milliman's Pension Funding Index, whichanalyzes the funded status of the 100 largest pensions, put the funded ratio above 93 percentat the end of July.

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Nick Thornton

Nick Thornton is a financial writer covering retirement and health care issues for BenefitsPRO and ALM Media. He greatly enjoys learning from the vast minds in the legal, academic, advisory and money management communities when covering the retirement space. He's also written on international marketing trends, financial institution risk management, defense and energy issues, the restaurant industry in New York City, surfing, cigars, rum, travel, and fishing. When not writing, he's pushing into some land or water.