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If defined-benefit pension plan sponsors are looking for a respite from the extreme fluctuations in funded status seen over the last few months of 2018, they probably shouldn’t hold their breath. After the fourth-quarter selloff, money managers seem resigned to the idea that financial markets will remain volatile for some time. The transition back to trend-like growth in the United States after a year of stimulus was never likely to be smooth sailing, but the recent weakness in China, concerns over trade relations, and the ongoing tightening by the Federal Reserve have made for an extremely uncertain outlook.

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