Alternative Pension Cost—An Update and Review of Implementation Issues

Nov. 16, 2016
Noon-1:15 p.m. EST

This webinar advanced the discussion of alternative/granular expense methodologies presented in the 2015 Academy issue brief, Alternatives for Pension Cost Recognition, and further discussed in a November 2015 webinar. This webinar, featuring leaders from the Academy’s Pension Committee and Pension Practice Council, focused on the approach known as the “spot rate method.” The discussion included:
  • Developments relating to plans that use a bond matching approach to measure the benefit obligation;
  • Application of the spot rate method to plans that pay interest-sensitive lump sums; and
  • Roll-forward of liabilities and other implementation-related issues that arise with the spot rate method.


  • The registration fee was $50 for Academy members. 
  • The registration fee was $150 for nonmembers.
  • Government regulators were invited to attend free of charge. 

Bruce Cadenhead, MAAA, FSA, FCA, EA
Vice Chairperson, Academy Pension Committee

Tim Geddes, MAAA, FSA, FCA, EA
Vice Chairperson, Academy Pension Practice Council

Jerry Mingione, MAAA, FSA, FCA, CERA, EA
Member, Academy Pension Committee

Ellen Kleinstuber, MAAA, FSA, FCA, EA, FSPA
Chairperson, Academy Pension Committee

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