Discount rates up 18 basis points.
New whitepaper urges plans to create a strong defense against economic, political shocks.
Mercer expects 2018 to be ‘biggest year ever’ for pension risk transfer.
Discount rates decreased by 3.56%.
Strong Q4 equity markets boost funded status ratios across the board.
Ferland, Haderer to co-lead firm’s global health business.
White paper outlines key areas of focus for wealth managers in 2018.
Reports from Northern Trust, Mercer show continued improvement.
Pensions' funded status reaches highest levels since 2015.
Nearly 80% of all respondents are now contributing more than the minimum level of funding to their DB plans, survey says.
Mercer says decline may be due to uncertainty over Brexit negotiations.
S&P 500 up 0.05%, while MSCI EAFE down 0.31%.