overfunded pension plan

Definition

In which the value of projected benefits exceeds the value of projected obligations; thus, a pension plan with a surplus. This situation usually occurs during a stock market boom as pension plans invest heavily in high quality stocks. Or it may occur when a defined benefit plan is converted to a cash-balance plan. The surplus can legally be shown as the company's income but cannot be paid out to the stockholders because it belongs to the pension plan.

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You may want to try and make sure that you do not end up giving out an overfunded pension plan that may break your budget.

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The overfunded pension plan was a result of the stock market reaching an all time high this year which obviously pleased investors.

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I have a friend who manages a pension, because of a freak accident at the factory killing many of the oldest workers the company found themselves with an overfunded pension plan.

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