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"When interest rates are low, the lump sum value is higher than when interest rates are higher. That implies that now is an especially opportune time to take a lump sum."

I was wondering if you wouldn't mind explaining this a little further?

Why is the lump sum higher when interest rates are low?

The funds are being managed by a third party trustee and not under the control of the company. Still, the point about one in the hand versus two in the bush is well taken.

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