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Kaiser Permanente Pensions Lose Value as Interest Rates & Inflation Rise

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Kaiser Permanente Pensions Lose Value as Interest Rates & Inflation Rise

April 26
09:49 2022

Kaiser Permanente employees are seeing a significant reduction in the value of their pension lump-sums, as interest rates jumped again this month. Interest rates were released for Kaiser Permanente employees, and there was a 0.36% increase for the second segment (which is the most impactful), in just 30 days. When interest rates move up or down, an employee’s pension lump-sum amount will move in an inverse direction.  Usually a 1% increase in interest rates means a 10% decrease in lump-sum value. So, since rates rose by 0.36%, lump-sums will be dropping in value by 3-4%. This means that an employee with $1,000,000 lump-sum could lose around $36,000 by commencing their benefit in May, as opposed to April. 

When Kaiser Permanente employees elect the month they would like to begin receiving their pension, Kaiser Permanente looks back to two months to calculate their pension disbursement. Interest rates dropped dramatically over the course of the pandemic, which caused lump-sum payments to increase in value. However, since then, rates have risen substantially, reducing lump-sum values for current employees.

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The Retirement Group is now offering a complimentary cash flow analysis for Kaiser Permanente employees to help determine their preferred retirement date. The Retirement Group is not affiliated with, nor endorsed by Kaiser Permanente. The goal for Kaiser Permanente employees in receiving a cash flow analysis is to avoid making big retirement mistakes, and potentially increasing their pension lump-sum value. With a cash flow analysis, Kaiser Permanente employees will get a clear picture of how rising interest rates will affect their retirement. 

The Retirement Group is also offering a webinar series for Kaiser Permanente employees which discusses rising inflation and interest rates. Inflation can be detrimental to both pension options. Inflation often leads to a rise in interest rates which, as discussed earlier, reduces lump-sum values. Inflation can also reduce the value of an employee’s annuity payments. The annuity is a fixed payment, meaning it is not adjusted for rising inflation. Therefore, if inflation were to rise by 10%, a fixed annuity payment becomes 10% less valuable. 

With interest rates rising significantly over the past few months, The Retirement Group suggests that Kaiser Permanente employees discuss their options with an advisor. These advisors monitor the interest rates and can keep employees up to date on any changes which may impact their retirement plans. 

The Retirement Group states on their website that no matter how attractive the pension lump-sum looks, it is important to remember the annuity option may be a better fit for certain individuals. Every situation is unique, and a cash flow analysis will allow employees to compare all pension options.


The Retirement Group is an independent financial advisory group that focuses on transition planning and lump sum distribution. Neither The Retirement Group or FSC Securities provide tax or legal advice. Please call the office at 800-900-5867 for additional questions or for help in the retirement planning process. The Retirement Group is not affiliated with, nor endorsed by Kaiser Permanente. *** When referencing the “pension” in the title we are referring to the lump-sum option.

Securities offered through FSC Securities Corporation (FSC) member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through The Retirement Group, LLC. FSC is separately owned and other entities and/or marketing names, products or services referenced here are independent of FSC. Office of Supervisory Jurisdiction: 5414 Oberlin Dr #220, San Diego CA 92121. Kaiser Permanente is not affiliated nor endorsed by The Retirement Group or FSC Securities.

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