Fair-market value accounting triples pension-plan deficits

04/2/2012 | Wall Street Journal/CFO Journal, The

Companies that use fair-market value to calculate funding levels for multiemployer pension plans could find that their plans are underfunded, according to a research note by Credit Suisse analyst David Zion. He found that deficits could more than triple to reach $369 billion. Currently, the deficit is estimated to be $101 billion under accounting methods allowed by law.

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