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%.
Reports from Pension Protection Fund and Mercer show improved DB funding.
Report cites empty promises from Social Security, DB programs as the cause.
Aggregate deficit is up $8 billion from the $408 billion measured at the end of 2016.
Inaugural survey revealed high level of dissatisfaction with the pension fund.