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|Subject: Re: Pension info to consider||Date: 10/5/2012 4:42 PM|
|Author: Hawkwin||Number: 71017 of 77358|
Their funding target attainment is 87%
That is actually not bad. Many plans have dropped below the 80% or 60% threshold. Any plan above 80% is generally considered well funded. 95% would be better (which is another threshold that requires disclosure).
Significantly underfunded plans, referred to as "at-risk," have special rules for determining funding targets. In general, the regulations provide that a plan is in at-risk status for a plan year if the funding target attainment percentage (FTAP) for the preceding plan year is less than 80% (65%, 70%, and 75%, respectively, for plan years beginning in 2008, 2009, and 2010), and the at-risk FTAP for the preceding plan year is less than 70%.
I found no cost of living info in their plan materials.
Not good; and that is something you should clarify. Does the $670 a month ever have a chance of increasing and is that $670 in today's dollars or future dollars (e.g. next year, will that number be $684, for example, and so on).
With no COLA, the cost of the insurance at 62 might actually be more than the difference between the single and the joint life - but since you already pay for that, it should be less of an issue.
Tougher choice, but still clear for me with the pension. The lump sum does not get a COLA adjustment either so at 65 you could get $670 from the pension or take a lump sum and if you earn 6%, take the SWR (Safe Withdrawal Rate*) of 4% and get $333 a month. Your $35,000 would need to grow to $201,000 to use the SWR to replicate the $670 a month in income.
*Many people, including myself, no longer believe the SWR is 4%. Something closer to 3% is likely more accurate with the low interest rates, volatility, and longer life expectancy. Some think the rate is as low as 2%. Google such and you will find many different opinions.
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