DB pensions see £400bn funding improvement during 2022

Analysis finds that funding improved by nearly 20 percentage points

Jonathan Stapleton
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Final salary pension scheme funding positions improved by a margin of £400bn against long-term funding targets over the year to 20 December 2022, latest analysis from XPS Pensions Group finds.

The consultancy's DB:UK funding tracker found that, based on assets of £1,456bn and liabilities of £1,394bn, the aggregate funding level of UK pension schemes on a long-term target basis was 104% as of 20 December 2022, representing a funding increase of just under 20 percentage points during 2022. It said gilt yield rises of around 3% resulted in a 35% reduction in the value of pension scheme liabilities, moving many UK schemes into a surplus position for the first time since aggregated records began despite falls in asset portfolios of around 20% during the year. XPS Pensions Group ...

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