According to Barrons, the stock market route has decimated corporate pension assets over the recent downturn, and Credit Suisse calculates that 128 S&P 500 companies face a potential pension-related hit in 2009 - which could collectively cost the group $200B or more.
The global bear market has drained assets from funds just while the Pension Protection Act of 2006 has increased funding requirements, beginning with 2008.
A highlight form the report says "industrial companies that look poised to take a large hit, with the funds of Eastman Chemical, Ryder, Ashland, Goodyear and PPG Industries, all below 80% funded."
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