PRESENT VALUE PENSION CALCULATOR
This net present value pension calculator calculates the present value of defined benefit pension plans for division of assets in divorce. This pension appraisal calculator is also useful for people who need to know today’s cash value of their pension in order to make a decision about a lump sum buyout offer from a pension provider, or simply to know their net worth. This calculator can also give you a sense of whether an annuity is good value because it includes mortality data in its calculations (which 99.9% of the present value calculators on the web fail to do). You can then see if the upfront cost of a lifetime annuity stream of payments is commensurate with the actuarial present value of that stream of payments.
This present value (PV) calculator uses an actuarial formula and GATT methodology to make over 4000 calculations, taking into account both interest rates and mortality rates. It does not use the “life expectancy” method, which some accountants and financial planners use, because the life expectancy method is inherently inaccurate. You can see a sample present value pension report by clicking here.
The present value pension calculator is particularly useful for divorcing couples who need a present value appraisal of a pension for division of marital assets. The calculator not only determines the present value of a pension, it also calculates the “marital portion” of the pension using a coverture ratio. In other words, it determines what percent of the present value of the pension was earned during the years of marriage. In many states, this marital portion of the pension is considered marital property, so this part of the total pension present value is shared equally between spouses in many cases. You can learn more about division of retirement accounts in divorce here.
This site also contains two specialized present value calculators, for participants in the Massachusetts State Employee Retirement System (MA SERS) and for participants in the Massachusetts Teachers Retirement System (MTRS). These calculators give the expected monthly pension benefits you can expect, based on your inputs, and, in one step, can generate the actuarial present value of your future stream of pension payments.
This site also contains a FREE pension present value calculator-estimator. The free calculator uses the “life-expectancy” method for giving a ballpark estimate of a pension’s present value.
If you would like an accurate present value of your pension, you should use the actuarial calculator, below, which costs $35. The next best price on the web for an online, actuarial present value calculation is $175, and actuaries and accountants charge as much as $300 for an actuarial calculation.
Finally, this site includes a FREE inflation and COLA (cost-of-living-adjustment) pension calculator which shows you each year of pension annual benefit until age 100 in TODAY’S dollars. It combines sophisticated calculations tailored to your pension’s COLA (cost-of-living-adjustment) with calculations of an inflation rate that you specify. Results for each year until age 100 can be downloaded to a .pdf chart with the click of a button.
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USE THE PRESENT VALUE PENSION CALCULATOR
To use this present value calculator, you must first get one piece of information from your particular pension plan. You must determine what your projected monthly benefit would be if you a) stopped working now, and b) began drawing your pension benefits at a normal, future retirement age for your job or occupation. For example, if you have 15 years of pension plan participation, you must find out what your monthly pension benefit would be if you retired with 15 years of service at age 62, 66, or some other projected retirement age. The retirement age that you choose to determine your future monthly benefit amount is also the retirement age that you will enter in the present value calculator below. It does not matter how old you are right now, and it does not matter if you plan to continue to work at your job for more years. The monthly benefit required for a present value calculation is the benefit that a person who retired at a normal retirement age (that you specify) would get if they had the number of years of service that you currently have .
Your pension plan administrator can provide you with this projected monthly benefit, and many pension plans have online calculators or formulas that allow you to calculate this projected monthly benefit yourself. I have compiled links to pension-specific information for each of the 100 largest pension plans in the United States and pension administrator telephone numbers for an additional 5000 US pension funds. You will enter the predicted monthly benefit they give you into the calculator under “C.6”, below.
Your pension administrator or pension information webpage can also give you information about COLA’s (“cost of living adjustments”) for your pension, if it has any.
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|Age||Year||Basic annual pension payment before any cost of living adjust (COLA), if any||Cost of living adjustment (COLA), if any|
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|Age||Year during which Age starts||Partial Year||Gross Annual Benefit||Dollar value of annual COLA in Gross Annual Benefit||Interest discount rate||Probability of Surviving each year||Present Value of Annual Benefit|