collage of U.S. currency and columns of building (Photo: Shutterstock)

While COVID-19 dominated headlines, another tumultuous topic for corporate and other single-employer pension plans during 2020 was discount rates. Many plan sponsors are fully aware of how falling discount rates have resulted in larger liabilities and potentially lower funded statuses for their pension plans. What is driving the discussion now is the path of discount rates going forward. While many believe discount rates could rise in the future, current dynamics suggest this rise will be due to a steeper yield curve, which may actually result in a decrease in funded status for plan sponsors employing certain liability-hedging strategies.

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to BenefitsPRO, part of your ALM digital membership.

  • Critical BenefitsPRO information including cutting edge post-reform success strategies, access to educational webcasts and videos, resources from industry leaders, and informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM, BenefitsPRO magazine and events
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including and

© 2024 ALM Global, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Request academic re-use from All other uses, submit a request to [email protected]. For more information visit Asset & Logo Licensing.