Corporate pension plan sponsors posted a median 4% return in the second quarter, thanks in part to their U.S. equity allocations.

Northern Trust said that corporate pension plans performed the best among all plans – with a 4% investment return at the median – for the quarter that ended June 30. “Plan sponsors have benefited enormously from a huge run up in U.S. equities,” says Bill Frieske, senior performance consultant in Northern Trust’s investment risk and analytical services.

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