The MetLife (MET) News Just the Beginning

September 30th, 2010 by hackel Leave a reply »

News from MetLife (MET) After Market Close: Low Interest Rates to Impact Earnings

Expect to hear a lot more about the impact of low interest rates. Not only is it affecting the asset side of the balance sheet, but the liability side as well, as I have been pointing out almost weekly since June.

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The run-up in stocks over the past 5 weeks, in fact, has been completely overcome, by the fall in long-term interest rates, with the 10-year treasury bond now yielding near 2.5%, and annuity rates not much higher. By comparison, the median pension plan has a 5.8% discount rate, a 8% long-term investment return assumption and is 57% in stocks, and 38% in fixed income.

Based on data through last Friday, CT Capital currently estimates defined benefit plans for both the median S&P 500 firm and the 1,300 total plans it tracks are underfunded by 31%.

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Kenneth S. Hackel, CFA
CT Capital LLC

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