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Wilshire Consulting estimates nearly three point increase in aggregate funded ratio for US corporate pension plans in January

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The aggregate funded ratio for US corporate pension plans increased by 2.8 percentage points to end the month of January at 87.3 per cent, according to Wilshire Consulting, the institutional investment advisory and outsourced-CIO business unit of Wilshire Associates Incorporated (Wilshire).

Wilshire Consulting assists in ensuring secure and safe retirements for millions of Americans including those participating in some of the nation’s largest corporate and public retirement plans.
 
The monthly change in funding resulted from a 5.5 per cent increase in asset values partially offset by a 2.2 per cent increase in liability values. The aggregate funded ratio was down 1.6 percentage points over the trailing twelve months. 
 
“January’s bounce back in funded ratios was propelled by the best monthly percentage increase for the Wilshire 5000 in more than seven years,” says Ned McGuire (pictured), Managing Director and a member of the Pension Risk Solutions Group of Wilshire Consulting. “January’s 2.8 percentage point increase in funding was the largest monthly increase over the past 12 months and follows December’s 6.0 percentage point decline.”

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