Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's regulation on Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans prescribes interest assumptions for valuing benefits under terminating single-employer plans. This final rule amends the regulation to adopt interest assumptions for plans with valuation dates in March 2000. Interest assumptions are also published on the PBGC's web site (http://www.pbgc.gov).
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Harold J. Ashner, Assistant General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, 1200 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005, 202-326-4024. (For TTY/TDD users, call the Federal relay service toll-free at 1-800-877-8339 and ask to be connected to 202-326-4024.)End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The PBGC's regulation on Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans (29 CFR part 4044) prescribes actuarial assumptions for valuing plan benefits of terminating single-employer plans covered by title IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.
Among the actuarial assumptions prescribed in part 4044 are interest assumptions. These interest assumptions are intended to reflect current conditions in the financial and annuity markets.
Two sets of interest assumptions are prescribed, one set for the valuation of benefits to be paid as annuities and one set for the valuation of benefits to be paid as lump sums. This amendment adds to appendix B to part 4044 the annuity and lump sum interest assumptions for valuing benefits in plans with valuation dates during March 2000.
For annuity benefits, the interest assumptions will be 7.10 percent for the first 25 years following the valuation date and 6.25 percent thereafter. The annuity interest assumptions are unchanged from those in effect for February 2000.
For benefits to be paid as lump sums, the interest assumptions to be used by the PBGC will be 5.25 percent for the period during which a benefit is in pay status, 4.50 percent during the seven-year period directly preceding the benefit's placement in pay status, and 4.00 percent during any other years preceding the benefit's placement in pay status. The lump sum interest assumptions are unchanged from those in effect for February 2000.
The PBGC has determined that notice and public comment on this amendment are impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This finding is based on the need to determine and issue new interest assumptions promptly so that the assumptions can reflect, as accurately as possible, current market conditions.
Because of the need to provide immediate guidance for the valuation of benefits in plans with valuation dates during March 2000, the PBGC finds that good cause exists for making the assumptions set forth in this amendment effective less than 30 days after publication.
The PBGC has determined that this action is not a “significant regulatory action” under the criteria set forth in Executive Order 12866.
Because no general notice of proposed rulemaking is required for this amendment, the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 does not apply. See 5 U.S.C. 601(2).Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 29 CFR Part 4044
- Pension insurance
In consideration of the foregoing, 29 CFR part 4044 is amended as follows:End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 4044—ALLOCATION OF ASSETS IN SINGLE-EMPLOYER PLANSEnd Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for part 4044 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
2. In appendix B, a new entry is added to Table I, and Rate Set 77 is added to Table II, as set forth below. The introductory text of each table is republished for the convenience of the reader and remains unchanged.End Amendment Part
Appendix B to Part 4044—Interest Rates Used to Value Annuities and Lump Sums
|For valuation dates occurring in the month—||The values of it are:|
|it||for t =||it||for t =||it for t =|
|* * * * * * *|
|Rate set||For plans with a valuation date||Immediate annuity rate (percent)||Deferred annuities (percent)|
|On or after||Before||i1||i2||i3||n1||n2|
|* * * * * * *|
Issued in Washington, DC, on this 4th day of February, 2000.
David M. Strauss,
Executive Director, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
[FR Doc. 00-3458 Filed 2-14-00; 8:45 am]
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