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Not Sure I’m “Buy-in” All of These Claims About Buy-in Annuities



A recent reading of marketing materials for a pension annuity product known as a “Buy-in” unexpectedly took me on a trip down memory lane. Like many children growing up in the 1970s, after getting home from school I would make a bee-line to the TV to watch reruns of cartoons and sit-coms on the…

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Investors’ Bond Binge May Cause DB Accounting Hangovers



When the ball dropped over Times Square to ring in 2014, defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors with calendar fiscal years were in a partying mood. For the first time since the financial crisis, corporate bond rates ended the year significantly higher than where they started, sharply reducing pension…

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