Actuarial Cost Methods

An actuarial method that defines the allocation of pension costs (and contributions) over a member’s working career. All standard actuarial cost methods are comprised of two components: normal cost and the actuarial accrued liability. An actuarial cost method determines the incidence of pension costs, not the ultimate cost of a pension plan; that cost is determined by the actual benefits paid less the actual investment income.

Definition courtesy of the Texas Pension Review Board

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