Net disinvestment of £3 billion was reported by insurance companies, pension funds and trusts in the first quarter (January to March) of 2016. This was only the fourth quarter of net disinvestment since the start of this series in 1987.
Net disinvestment of £10 billion in overseas ordinary shares in Quarter 1 2016 was the largest disinvestment for this series since the first quarter of 2000 (£23 billion).
In Quarter 1 2016, unit trusts and property unit trusts reported net disinvestment of £4 billion, the first quarter of disinvestment for this series since the fourth quarter of 2007.
Investment choices of financial institutions based on financial transactions (investments and disinvestments), including balance sheet data for short-term assets and liabilities, and income and expenditure data.
Contributions to private (non-state) pensions. Private pensions considered are: occupational schemes for private sector and public sector employees; and personal pensions, including group personal and stakeholder pensions.