Thought Mortality Was Dead?
Source: Cambridge Associates

Considerations for Pensions Given the IRS’s Delay in Implementing RP-2014

Longevity risk, the risk that plan participants live longer than assumed, gained widespread attention in October 2014 when the Society of Actuaries released its draft of updated mortality assumptions (called RP-2014). Because this was the first update to the standard assumptions in over a decade, the change from the previous tables was noticeable: a boost of life expectancy of two to three years, on average. By 2016, accounting auditors largely required defined benefit plan sponsors to use the updated assumptions on their financial statements, resulting in an average drop in reported funded status of 4%–8%.

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