Defined benefit (DB) pension funds fell to their first deficit in a year last month, dropping to £5bn in the red, according to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).
The PPF’s 7800 index, an update of more than 7,800 DB schemes, shows falling gilt yields and equity markets in November dragged funds from a £53bn surplus in October. Volatility led to increasing scheme liabilities and reduced assets.
In the last deficit schemes dropped to a £30bn shortfall.
The PPF also estimates the total shortfall of schemes in deficit in November worsened to £73bn from £48bn at the end of October. However, the shortfall has dropped from £83bn a year ago.
The index also shows the total surplus of funds in the black fell to £68bn in November from £101bn at the end of October 2007. The aggregate surplus stood at £53bn in November last year.
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