TIPS, the Triple Duration, and the OPEB Liability: Hedging Medical Care Inflation in OPEB Plans

22 Pages Posted: 12 May 2011

Date Written: May 11, 2011

Abstract

The adoption of FAS 158 forces sponsors of post-employment health benefit plans to consider how to manage the volatility that changes in medical care inflation create in the OPEB ("Other Post-Employment Benefits") liability. By choosing carefully how the nominal discount rate used for the liability is decomposed into real rates and inflation, I illustrate that the true exposure to an OPEB plan is to the spread of medical care inflation above (or below) the overall inflation rate. The implication is that an effective immunization strategy exists that can eliminate most of the volatility in the OPEB account.

Keywords: OPEB, inflation, TIPS, FAS 158, GASB 45

JEL Classification: J32, G3, H72

Suggested Citation

Ashton, Michael, TIPS, the Triple Duration, and the OPEB Liability: Hedging Medical Care Inflation in OPEB Plans (May 11, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1838545 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1838545

Michael Ashton (Contact Author)

Enduring Investments LLC ( email )

United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.enduringinvestments.com

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