According to a recent press release from LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute, eight out of ten defined benefit plan sponsors are “at least somewhat interested” in pension de-risking via the purchase of a group annuity contract.  LIMRA reports that the first half of 2019 saw over 160 new pension risk transfer deals, totaling over $10 billion and that “recent growth in this market has predominantly been driven by small to mid-sized deals.”  The sales forecast for pension risk transfers in 2019 is between $20-$25 Billion.