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Prudential Financial, Inc.

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

16.

Employee Benefit Plans

Pension and Other Postretirement Plans The Company has funded non-contributory defined benefit pension plans which cover substantially all of its employees. The Company also has several non-funded non-contributory defined benefit plans covering certain executives. For some employees, benefits are based on final average earnings and length of service, while other employees are based on an account balance that takes into consideration age, service and salary during their career. The Company’s funding policy is to contribute annually an amount necessary to satisfy the Internal Revenue Code contribution guidelines.

The Company provides certain life insurance and health care benefits (“other postretirement benefits”) for its retired employees, their beneficiaries and covered dependents. The health care plan is contributory; the life insurance plan is non-contributory.

Substantially all of the Company’s employees may become eligible to receive other postretirement benefits if they retire after age 55 with at least 10 years of service or under certain circumstances after age 50 with at least 20 years of continuous service. These benefits are funded as considered necessary by Company management.

The Company has elected to amortize its transition obligation for other postretirement benefits over 20 years.

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