Interest rates are trending in the right direction for ConocoPhillips employees, considering the lump sum option on their pension payment. Interest rates dropped for individuals that commence their benefits in Q4 2021. Over the course of 2020, interest rates dropped dramatically, which greatly increased many lump sum payments. However, interest rates have been on the rise since Q1 2021. A drop in Q4 indicates a shift in the trajectory of interest rates. If this continues lump-sums will rise again in Q1 2022. Should you desire to take your pension as a lump sum, ConocoPhillips will use interest rates and your age to calculate your lump sum payment. When interest rates move up or down, your pension lump sum amount will move in an inverse relationship (except for Cash Balance Pension Lump Sum payouts).