CFA CFA Level 2 Does expected return on plan assets affect the total periodic pension cost?

Does expected return on plan assets affect the total periodic pension cost?

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    • SbS
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      If it affects then please explain how?

    • rahul12
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      No.

      TOTAL Periodic Pension Cost = Contributions – Change in Funded Status = service cost + interest cost – actual return on plan assets +/- actual g/l on change in PBO assumptions + prior service cost

      my understanding is that expected return on plan assets is only relevant for US GAAP. it is used in the calculation of net interest cost under US GAAP.

      changes in the expected return has no impact on plan assets, PBO, or periodic pension cost (PPC). It does, however, have an effect on how much of PPC goes to the income statement and what goes to OCI.

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      Total periodic pension cost depends on actual return on plan assets and not the expected return on plan assets.

    • rahul12
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      Total periodic pension cost depends on actual return on plan assets and not the expected return on plan assets.

      yes, that is what i said via the formula.

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