[Federal Register: November 15, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 221)]
[Notices]               
[Page 69071-69072]
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PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION

 
Interest Assumption for Determining Variable-Rate Premium; 
Interest Assumptions for Multiemployer Plan Valuations Following Mass 
Withdrawal

AGENCY: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

ACTION: Notice of interest rates and assumptions.

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SUMMARY: This notice informs the public of the interest rates and 
assumptions to be used under certain Pension Benefit Guaranty 
Corporation regulations. These rates and assumptions are published 
elsewhere (or are derivable from rates published elsewhere), but are 
collected and published in this notice for the convenience of the 
public. Interest rates are also published on the PBGC's web site 
(http://www.pbgc.gov).

DATES: The interest rate for determining the variable-rate premium 
under part 4006 applies to premium payment years beginning in November 
2000. The interest assumptions for performing multiemployer plan 
valuations following mass withdrawal under part 4281 apply to valuation 
dates occurring in December 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Variable-Rate Premiums

    Section 4006(a)(3)(E)(iii)(II) of the Employee Retirement Income 
Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and Sec. 4006.4(b)(1) of the PBGC's 
regulation on Premium Rates (29 CFR part 4006) prescribe use of an 
assumed interest rate in determining a single-employer plan's variable-
rate premium. The rate is the ``applicable percentage'' (currently 85 
percent) of the annual yield on 30-year Treasury securities for the 
month preceding the beginning of the plan year for which premiums are 
being paid (the ``premium payment year''). The yield figure is reported 
in Federal Reserve Statistical Releases G.13 and H.15.
    The assumed interest rate to be used in determining variable-rate 
premiums for premium payment years beginning in November 2000 is 4.93 
percent (i.e., 85 percent of the 5.80 percent yield figure for October 
2000).
    The following table lists the assumed interest rates to be used in 
determining variable-rate premiums for premium payment years beginning 
between December 1999 and November 2000.

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                                                             The assumed
          For premium payment years beginning in:             interest
                                                              rate is:
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December 1999.............................................          5.23
January 2000..............................................          5.40
February 2000.............................................          5.64
March 2000................................................          5.30
April 2000................................................          5.14
May 2000..................................................          4.97
June 2000.................................................          5.23
July 2000.................................................          5.04
August 2000...............................................          4.97
September 2000............................................          4.86
October 2000..............................................          4.96
November 2000.............................................          4.93
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Multiemployer Plan Valuations Following Mass Withdrawal

    The PBGC's regulation on Duties of Plan Sponsor Following Mass 
Withdrawal (29 CFR part 4281) prescribes the use of interest 
assumptions under the PBGC's regulation on Allocation of Assets in 
Single-employer Plans (29 CFR part 4044). The interest assumptions 
applicable to valuation dates in December 2000 under part 4044 are 
contained in an amendment to part 4044 published elsewhere in today's 
Federal Register. Tables showing the assumptions applicable to prior 
periods are codified in appendix B to 29 CFR part 4044.


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    Issued in Washington, DC, on this 8th day of November 2000.
David M. Strauss,
Executive Director, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
[FR Doc. 00-29230 Filed 11-14-00; 8:45 am]
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