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Managing Retirement Plan Risk

Risk is a fundamental feature of any defined benefit pension or defined contribution program, and managing risk is a significant challenge facing sponsors of multiemployer retirement plans. Trustees need the ability to identify and measure risk in order to properly manage it. This requires:

  •   an understanding of what the risks are, their impact, and their likelihood, and
  •   access to timely information to allow trustees to take action, when appropriate.

With these insights about the risks and their magnitude, plan sponsors can make informed long- and short-term plan management decisions.

Over the coming months, this website page will highlight the risk continuum – from identifying risks through quantifying them to managing their impact on multiemployer pension plans.

This educational page will feature publications, videos and demonstrations related to a step in the pension risk continuum as they become available. (See below.) 

Featured Resource


Actuaries Required to Identify and Assess Plan Risks

A new Actuarial Standard of Practice (ASOP No. 51) takes effect 2018 that requires actuaries to identify and assess risks that may reasonably be anticipated to differ from the assumptions and may significantly affect a pension plan’s future financial condition.

How might pension risks impact your pension plan?

Read about what the standard means for you ›


The Pension Risk Continuum

Links to resources are added to each step in the continuum as they are released.





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