Archived Insight | April 12, 2022

Seeing Green: More Multiemployer Plans Are Healthy

While some multiemployer plans remain in critical red-zone status, most are not. In fact, the percentage of plans in the green zone has increased.

For an illustration of how the zone-status breakdown for plans in our latest survey improved between 2020 and 2021, see an infographic.

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What determines a multiemployer pension plan’s zone status?

A series of measurements determine a plan’s zone status. The two primary factors are the funded percentage and maintenance of the funding standard account credit balance.

The funded percentage is a point-in-time measure. Since it uses the actuarial value of assets, it reflects only a portion of the market-value investment experience. However, projecting the funding standard account credit balance forward reflects the full impact of market-value returns.

To be in the green zone, a plan must have funded percentage of at least 80 percent, and a projected credit balance, rather than a funding deficiency, at the end of seven years, or 10 years in some instances.

We can help you manage changes in your plan’s zone status.

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Segal’s Winter 2022 Survey of Plans’ Zone Status

The 283 plans included in this survey are those with plan years that range from January 1 to July 1.

As a group, these plans have more than $215 billion in assets, provide benefits to just over 3.5 million participants and represent approximately one-third of all participants in multiemployer plans.

The 2021 zone-status certifications for the plans in the survey reflect investment performance before the current market volatility and geopolitical uncertainty.

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