[Federal Register: July 15, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 135)]
[Rules and Regulations]               
[Page 38082-38083]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION

29 CFR Part 4044

 
Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans; Interest 
Assumptions for Valuing Benefits

AGENCY: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: 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 August 1998.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 1998.

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: 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 August 1998.
    For annuity benefits, the interest assumptions will be 5.40 percent 
for the first 25 years following the valuation date and 5.25 percent 
thereafter. The

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annuity interest assumptions represent a decrease (from those in effect 
for July 1998) of 0.10 percent for the first 25 years following the 
valuation date and are otherwise unchanged. For benefits to be paid as 
lump sums, the interest assumptions to be used by the PBGC will be 4.00 
percent for the period during which a benefit is in pay status and 
during any years preceding the benefit's placement in pay status. The 
lump sum interest assumptions are unchanged from those in effect for 
July 1998.
    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 August 1998, 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).

List of Subjects in 29 CFR Part 4044

    Pension insurance, Pensions.

    In consideration of the foregoing, 29 CFR part 4044 is amended as 
follows:

PART 4044--ALLOCATION OF ASSETS IN SINGLE-EMPLOYER PLANS

    1. The authority citation for part 4044 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 29 U.S.C. 1301(a), 1302(b)(3), 1341, 1344, 1362.

    2. In appendix B, a new entry is added to Table I, and Rate Set 58 
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.

Appendix B to Part 4044--Interest Rates Used to Value Annuities and 
Lump Sums

                                          Table I.--Annuity Valuations                                          
  [This table sets forth, for each indicated calendar month, the interest rates (denoted by i<INF>1, i<INF>2, * * *, and  
  referred to generally as i<INF>t) assumed to be in effect between specified anniversaries of a valuation date that 
 occurs within that calendar month; those anniversaries are specified in the columns adjacent to the rates. The 
               last listed rate is assumed to be in effect after the last listed anniversary date]              
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                                                             The values of i<INF>t are:                              
For valuation dates occurring ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        in the month--              i<INF>t         for t=         i<INF>t         for t=          i<INF>t            for t=   
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                *                *                *                *                *                *          
August 1998..................        .0540         1-25        .0525          >25  N/A             N/A          
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                                                             Table II.--Lump Sum Valuations                                                             
  [In using this table: (1) For benefits for which the participant or beneficiary is entitled to be in pay status on the valuation date, the immediate  
   annuity rate shall apply; (2) For benefits for which the deferral period is y years (where y is an integer and 0<y<ls-thn-eq>n<INF>1,), interest rate i<INF>1  
   shall apply from the valuation date for a period of y years, and thereafter the immediate annuity rate shall apply; (3) For benefits for which the   
 deferral period is y years (where y is an integer and n<INF>1 < y <ls-thn-eq> n<INF>1 + n<INF>2), interest rate i<INF>2 shall apply from the valuation date for a period of
 y-n<INF>1 years, interest rate i<INF>1 shall apply for the following n<INF>1 years, and thereafter the immediate annuity rate shall apply; (4) For benefits for which 
 the deferral period is y years (where y is an integer and y > n<INF>1 + n<INF>2), interest rate i<INF>3 shall apply from the valuation date for a period of y- n<INF>1 -n<INF>2 
  years, interest rate i<INF>2 shall apply for the following n<INF>2 years, interest rate i<INF>1 shall apply for the following n<INF>1 years, and thereafter the immediate 
                                                                annuity rate shall apply]                                                               
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                   For plans with a valuation date     Immediate         Deferred                                              i<INF>2                       
    Rate set     ----------------------------------   annuity rate      annuities            i<INF>1       --------------------------------------------------
                    On or after         Before         (percent)        (percent)                             i<INF>3               n<INF>1               n<INF>2      
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                                 *                *                *                *                *                *                *                
58..............        08-1-98          09-1-98             4.00             4.00             4.00             4.00                7                8  
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    Issued in Washington, DC, on this 6th day of July 1998.
David M. Strauss,
Executive Director, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
[FR Doc. 98-18682 Filed 7-14-98; 8:45 am]
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