Net investment of £1 billion was reported by insurance companies, pension funds and trusts in Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2018; in terms of context, the five-year quarterly average for this series is net investment of £9 billion.
The net disinvestment by long-term insurance companies in Quarter 1 2018 (£17 billion) was the largest since the start of this series in 1963, this was caused mainly by net disinvestment in overseas ordinary shares (£12 billion) and UK ordinary shares (£10 billion).
Long-term insurance companies reported a record level of claims (£65 billion) in Quarter 1 2018.
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.
Using information from the national accounts, this article addresses 2 questions of interest for the UK economy: how much money is there in funded pensions and insurance and how has this picture changed over time?
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.