October 08, 2012
--- The Dietrich Pension Risk Transfer Index, which tracks the
relative attractiveness of annuitizing pension liabilities, increased for the
second month. ---
As of October 1, the Index sits at 81.99, up from 81.33 as
of September 1. The increase in the index was driven mainly by an improvement
in pension funding levels. The annuity discount rate proxy embedded within the
index rose to 2.54%.
Corporate pensions have seen two consecutive months of
funding improvements (see “Pensions See $45B September Increase in Funding”).
The index considers three key underlying financial ratios:
funded status level (50% index weight), current /historical annuity rates (30%
index weight) and annuity rates versus Treasury and Corporate Bonds (20% index
The Dietrich Pension Risk Transfer Index can be found at https://www.dietrichassociates.com.