The optimal combination of high corporate bond yields and budding investment returns for defined benefit plans was not evident in this year’s third quarter, as pensions’ worldwide saw an “offset of strong investment returns” due to the decline in yields, Towers Watson said Tuesday.

Through the financial services company’s quarterly published study: The Global Pension Finance Watch, the New York-based firm reported about market performance and its affects on defined benefit pension plans located in the U.S., the U.K., Brazil, Canada, Europe and Japan.

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