Pension plans around the globe have offloaded $6.8 billion in liabilities so far in 2017. In 2016, $18.8 billion in liabilities were transferred from plan sponsors, a decline from 2015’s $35.3 billion and 2014’s $60.5 billion.
Buyouts were the leading source of risk transfer, with about $3.9 billion in annuity contracts purchased. The largest buyout transaction so far in 2017 was Hartford Financial Service Group’s $1.6 billion contract purchase from Prudential Financial on June 23. Accenture settled about $1 billion in liabilities on June 23 as well via annuity contracts purchased between AIG and Massachusetts Life.
Lump-sum payouts were about $2 billion in settlements. The largest lump-sum acceptance transaction so far in 2017 was the $685 million payout by UPS.
Pensions & Investments has been tracking data in this area since 2009.