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Corporate Pension Funded Status Benefits from Higher Rates

Citigroup Pension Liability Index

The funded status for the 100 largest corporate pension plans rose over the quarter to 82.7% from 81.7%, according to the Milliman 100 Pension Funding Index survey. On the year, the funded status improved from 81.5% at the end of 2014, although still down from 88.3% at the end of 2013. At its low point in January 2015, the funded status was 77.5%. The improvement for the quarter and for most of the year was due to higher interest rates, which were offset in part due to weak asset returns.