Reports and Surveys | May 17, 2024

Strong Investment Returns Lead to Improvement in Zone Status

What’s the zone status of multiemployer pension plans as of January 1, 2024? Three-quarters of all plans in Segal’s latest survey are in the green zone following strong 2023 investment performance.

To see a snapshot of key findings from the survey, download an infographic.

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You’ll learn:

  • The median net investment return for plans in the survey and how that compares to the median returns for the previous two years
  • How the percentage of plans in critical and declining (C&D) status, critical status (the red zone), endangered status (yellow zone) and the green zone changed between 2021 and 2024
  • The change in the percentage of plans receiving PBGC Special Financial Assistance (SFA) between 2022 and 2024
  • Why the average Pension Protection Act of 2006 funded percentage changed only 1 point between 2022 and 2024 despite investment volatility
  • The impact of SFA on the average market-value funded percentage as of January 1, 2024
  • Differences in the median “burn rate” — the rate of asset decline as a percent of total assets, without regard to investment income — based on a plan’s zone status


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About the survey

The 184 plans included in this survey are those with plan years beginning January 1, 2024. As a group, these plans have more than $180 billion in assets and provide benefits to just over 2.7 million participants.

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