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Funded Status of U.S. Corporate Pensions Rises to 76.3 Percent, According to BNY Mellon ISSG

Strong December Puts Plans in Positive Territory for 2012

NEW YORK, Jan. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Rising equity markets and falling liabilities in December combined to push the funded status of the typical U.S. corporate pension plan into positive territory in 2012, according to the BNY Mellon Investment Strategies & Solutions Group (ISSG).

For the month of December, the funded status for the typical plan increased 1.9 percentage points to 76.3 percent, according to the BNY Mellon Pension Summary Report for December 2012.   For the year, the funded status was up 1.0 percentage point, the report said.

Assets for the typical plan in December rose 0.9 percent as equities markets climbed. Liabilities fell 1.7 percent as the Aa corporate discount rate rose 13 basis points to 3.89 percent, the report said

Plan liabilities are calculated using the yields of long-term investment grade bonds.  Higher yields on these bonds result in lower liabilities.

"Plans benefited over the last six months as the discount rate has been slowly rising, leading to a decrease in liabilities," said Jeffrey B. Saef, managing director, BNY Mellon Investment Management, and head of the ISSG.  "At the same time, equities held on to the gains achieved earlier in the year, leading to the positive performance for all of 2012."

Notes to Editors:

The BNY Mellon Investment Strategy and Solutions Group is a division of The Bank of New York Mellon.

BNY Mellon Investment Management is one of the world's leading investment management organizations and one of the top U.S. wealth managers, with $1.4 trillion in assets under management. It encompasses BNY Mellon's affiliated investment management firms, wealth management services and global distribution companies. More information can be found at www.bnymellon.com.

BNY Mellon is a global financial services company focused on helping clients manage and service their financial assets, operating in 36 countries and serving more than 100 markets. BNY Mellon is a leading provider of financial services for institutions, corporations and high-net-worth individuals, offering superior investment management and investment services through a worldwide client-focused team. It has $27.9 trillion in assets under custody and administration and $1.4 trillion in assets under management, services $11.6 trillion in outstanding debt and processes global payments averaging $1.4 trillion per day. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Additional information is available on www.bnymellon.com or follow us on Twitter@BNYMellon.

All information source BNY Mellon as of September 30, 2012. This press release is qualified for issuance in the US only and is for information purposes only. It does not constitute an offer or solicitation of securities or investment services or an endorsement thereof in any jurisdiction or in any circumstance in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful or not authorized. This press release is issued by BNY Mellon Investment Management to members of the financial press and media and the information contained herein should not be construed as investment advice.  Past performance is not a guide to future performance.  A BNY Mellon Company.

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