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arrow sign on branching road Opportunities exist in 2019 for plan sponsors to continue to lower the costs and risks of their defined benefit plans. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Having the right pension risk management strategy at the right time has been a key to success for pension plan sponsors during this decade. Sponsors have used lump sum windows and annuity purchases to improve their balance sheet, shrink their participant base, lower their administrative costs and lower the risk their pension plan may pose to their organization.

Plans have also systematically reduced their interest rate exposure through more allocations to liability matching investments. So what can pension plan sponsors do during 2019 to keep working toward their goals?

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