[Federal Register: August 15, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 158)]
[Notices]               
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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 home page 
(http://www.pbgc.gov).

DATES: The interest rate for determining the variable-rate premium 
under part 4006 applies to premium payment years beginning in August 
1997. The interest assumptions for performing multiemployer plan 
valuations following mass withdrawal under part 4281 apply to valuation 
dates occurring in September 1997.

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 
(202-326-4179 for TTY and TDD).

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'' (described in 
the statute and the regulation) 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.
    For plan years beginning before July 1, 1997, the applicable 
percentage of the 30-year Treasury yield was 80 percent. The Retirement 
Protection Act of 1994 (RPA) amended ERISA section 
4006(a)(3)(E)(iii)(II) to provide that the applicable percentage is 85 
percent for plan years beginning on or after July 1, 1997, through (at 
least) plan years beginning before January 1, 2000.
    However, under section 774(c) of the RPA, the application of the 
amendment is deferred for certain regulated public utility (RPU) plans 
for as long as six months. The applicable percentage for RPU plans will 
therefore remain 80 percent for plan years beginning before January 1, 
1998. (The rules governing the applicable percentages for ``partial'' 
RPU plans are described in Sec. 4006.5(g) of the premium rates 
regulation.)
    For plans for which the applicable percentage is 85 percent, the 
assumed interest rate to be used in determining variable-rate premiums 
for premium payment years beginning in August 1997 is 5.53 percent 
(i.e., 85 percent of the 6.51 percent yield figure for July 1997).
    The following table lists the assumed interest rates to be used in 
determining variable-rate premiums for premium payment years beginning 
between September 1996 and August 1997. The rates for July and August 
1997 in the table reflect an applicable percentage of 85 percent and 
thus apply only to non-RPU plans. However, the rates for months before 
July 1997, which reflect an applicable percentage of 80 percent, apply 
to RPU (and ``partial'' RPU) plans as well as to non-RPU plans.

                                                                        
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                                                                  The   
                                                                assumed 
            For premium payment years beginning in              interest
                                                                rate is 
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September 1996...............................................       5.47
October 1996.................................................       5.62
November 1996................................................       5.45
December 1996................................................       5.18
January 1997.................................................       5.24
February 1997................................................       5.46
March 1997...................................................       5.35
April 1997...................................................       5.54
May 1997.....................................................       5.67
June 1997....................................................       5.55
July 1997....................................................       5.75
August 1997..................................................       5.53
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    For premium payment years beginning in August 1997, the assumed 
interest rate to be used in determining variable-rate premiums for RPU 
plans (determined using an applicable percentage of 80 percent) is 5.21 
percent. For ``partial'' RPU plans, the assumed interest rates to be 
used in determining variable-rate premiums can be computed by applying 
the rules in Sec. 4006.5(g) of the premium rates regulation. The PBGC's 
premium payment instruction booklet also describes these rules and 
provides a worksheet for computing the assumed rate.

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 September 1997 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.

    Issued in Washington, D.C., on this 8th day of August 1997.
David M. Strauss,
Executive Director, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
[FR Doc. 97-21598 Filed 8-14-97; 8:45 am]
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