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Pension accounting: ASC 715 discount rate selection

2022: Disclosures for 2021

Now that 2021 has closed and indices can be updated through year-end, there are changes in long bond yields from December 31, 2020 to December 31, 2021.

What does this mean?

Yields are higher at all durations with larger increases at short maturity periods. Based on our analysis, plans with a December 31 measurement date should expect increases in their effective PBO discount rate, typically by approximately 30-45 bps and in some cases more, particularly for plans with short duration liabilities.


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 1 Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE) Pension Liability Index has a weighted average life (WAL) of 21.7 years and the index represents a fully-open plan.
 2 Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE) Pension Liability Index Intermediate has a weighted average life (WAL) of 17.4 years and the index represents a plan that is closed to new entrants.

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