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Pension Indices: June 2021

Pension Indices: June 2021

July 7, 2021

The Pension Indices by LifeWorks, released monthly, condense the journey that pension plans have experienced during the year into a few key statistics. More importantly, they also provide an early indicator of the challenges and opportunities that are yet to come for plan sponsors and administrators to help with the monitoring and management of their pension plans.


  • The funded position of an average pension plan improved slightly over the month of June, on both a solvency and accounting basis.
  • Asset returns for an average plan were around 2.5% in June. Returns were positive for almost all asset classes.
  • Non-indexed long term Government of Canada bond yields decreased by 0.2% in June, while real return bond yields decreased by only 0.1%. This indicated a reduction in market expectations of inflation in the long term.
  • The accounting pension expense index continues to indicate a significant fall in pension expense compared to the start of the year.