Eighty-three percent of 153 large U.S. companies with DB plans surveyed by Hewitt Associates say they expect to make additional contributions to their pension plans, with 11% of those contributing saying those contributions will have “a significant impact on their business,” according to a news release.
However, 31% of respondents said they are more likely to consider closing their plans today than they were 18 months ago, up from 11% in 2008. Similarly, 50% said they are more likely to consider freezing their plans to existing participants, surging from just 17% in 2008.
Twenty percent of the companies surveyed were more likely than last year to consider delegating their entire investment policy to professional advisers, up sharply from 4% the year before.
Almost 40% reduced their equity exposure over the past year and 37% increased their holdings of corporate bonds.
Also, 15% implemented “dynamic investment policies,” rebalancing their asset allocation policies as their plans' funding status improves.
The survey was conducted in September and October.