This monthly newsletter aims to track the interest rates that calculate the lump sum in the Chevron Retirement Plan and give an estimate of how it might affect your retirement benefit.
September Segment Rate Summary
The segment rates for September are 0.70%, 2.55%, and 3.06%. This brings the three-month average to 0.66%, 2.52%, and 3.09% for a December 2021 benefit start date. For Chevron employees hired before 2008, we estimate the lump sum benefit to increase about 0.25% for an average vested 65-year old in December versus November; though please check your benefit calculator for your actual calculation.
The first and second segment rates of September both increased slightly from August while the third decreased. The first and second segments are the most influential on the lump sum calculation, but we still see an increase in the estimated lump sum for December because the June rates that left the three-month average were the higher on average than the September rates that replaced them. Going forward we see an apparent, albeit not very steep, “back-heavy” rate pattern that will make it more likely the lump sum will fall in January. To learn more about segment rate patterns and how they can predict future lump sum movements, please click the article linked below.
How Does this Affect Me?
The Chevron Retirement Plan offers a substantial benefit to Chevron employees over many other companies’ plans. It is one of the few remaining retirement pension plans that still offers a lump sum benefit. Since the Pension Protection Act of 2006, the calculation of the lump sum has become more complicated now relying on corporate bond yield curves, known as segment rates, instead of the 30-year treasury rate that was used in the past. In a low interest rate environment, it is important for Chevron employees to understand how their lump sum is calculated and how quickly the benefit can change. As interest rates lower, the lump sum increases, and vice-versa. If rates increase 1% across the board, it could lower your lump sum by almost 10% depending on your age and length of service. This calculation applies only to Chevron employees hired before January 1, 2008.
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