Ledford_Main image_v2In 2013, the funded status improved dramatically for most pension plans inthe United States. Still, many analysts expect pension de-riskingto continue this year. Some plan sponsors will likely offerlump-sum buyouts to participants. Others are reconsidering theirasset allocations.

To get a handle on current trends in pension plan riskmanagement, Treasury & Risk sat down withJodan Ledford, head of U.S. solutions for Legal & GeneralInvestment Management America (LGIMA), a Chicago-based firm thatmanages fixed-income solutions for institutional investors. Theorganization also helps plan sponsors implement liability-driveninvestment (LDI) strategies, which focus on investing plan assetsin vehicles that will optimally mitigate the risks inherent in theplan's liabilities.

T&R: First of all, what trendsdid you see in U.S.-based companies' pension plans in2013?

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