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Monthly Option C Fair Market Value Adjustments in 2022-2023

Authored by: Jerry Rich
Date: December 8, 2023

For cash distributions or transfers from Option C, a Fair Market Value (FMV) adjustment is in effect for any month for which the preceding month portfolio value was less than the annuitizable value of the fund. The current FMV adjustment, if any, is calculated after the close of a month’s accounting period.

For December 2023, there is no FMV adjustment. There have been no adjustments for FMV in effect for the months of February through October 2023. November 2023 FMV was 98.9%; January 2023 FMV was 97.6%.

In 2022, eight months were at 100% (no FMV adjustment). Four months saw FMV adjustment: July (98.3%), September (99.3%), October (93.4%), and November (96.1%).

FCMM reminds Option C investors of the following information …

The Option C Lifetime Fund is a collective investment fund which aims to provide steady long-term earnings to the participant. Using a balanced investment approach, Option C is designed to be less volatile and smooth out market returns for more stable earnings rates over time.

Option C is primarily structured to offer reliable value that can be fully converted to a Monthly Income Benefit ("in-plan annuity"). Alternatively, when taken as a cash value for other reasons (such as transfer to other investments or cash distributions or rolled out of the Plan), a fair market value adjustment (reduction) may be applied when accrued annuity value is greater than current portfolio market value of Option C.