January effect helps boost asset returns and funded levels.
Funding levels improving, but market volatility left some scars.
Investment performances miss mark for third time in 10 years.
Unaligned incentives of board members are being blamed for state pension funds’ financial woes.
Aggregate deficit falls $12 billion to $108 billion.
Contributions and lackluster returns outweighed by benefits payments.
Milliman reports a 1.7% drop in the funded ratio of US DB plans from the end of 2017.
Fear of a downturn creates a rise in de-risking.
The funded status of the 100 largest US defined benefit plans rises nearly 5% to 86%.
Public pension funding improved by $60 billion during last quarter of 2017.
Interest, new benefit accrual boosts total pension liability to almost $5 trillion.
Funded status of 100 largest US corporate pension plans grows to 84.7%.
Funded status of 100 largest US corporate pension plans rises to 84.3%.
Funded ratio falls to 83% for month, but is up from 77% in 2016.
Survey also finds workers in defined contribution plans earn lower returns than those in defined benefit plans.