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Biden’s Pension Rescue Seen as Bigger Help for Corporate Bonds

July 12, 2021, 4:36 PM

U.S. President Joe Biden’s planned pension rescue could result in even more money being shunted into investment-grade corporate bonds than previously thought, according to Citigroup Inc. strategists.

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., which insures pensions, issued rules on Friday for bailout money for multi-employer plans that are severely underfunded. These plans can apply for rescue funds as part of the $1.9 trillion pandemic-relief bill signed into law in March.

The PBGC said that the pensions are eligible for $94 billion of assistance, which is higher than the $86 billion that Citigroup strategists estimated in May. And the government agency said ...