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Euro area pension fund statistics: first quarter of 2021

06/21/2021 | 05:55am EDT

Statistical release

21 June 2021

Euro area pension fund statistics: first quarter of 2021

  • Total assetsof euro area pension funds amounted to €3,105 billion in first quarter of 2021, €39 billion lower than in fourth quarter of 2020
  • Total pension entitlementsof euro area pension funds dropped to €2,672 billion in first quarter of 2021, down €109 billion from fourth quarter of 2020

Total assetsof euro area pension funds decreased to €3,105 billion in the first quarter of 2021, from €3,144 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020. Investment fund shares accounted for 48.2% of the pension funds sector's total assets in the first quarter of 2021. The second largest category of holdings was debt securities (24.7%), followed by equity (10.2%) (see respective transactions in Chart 1).

Holdings of investment fund sharesincreased to €1,497 billion at the end of the first quarter of 2021 from €1,470 billion at the end of the previous quarter. Net sales of investment fund shares amounted to €23 billion in the first quarter of 2021, while price and other changes amounted to €51 billion.

Looking at the main type of investment fund shares, equity fund shares totalled €484 billion, with net sales of €12 billion.

Turning to pension funds' holdings of debt securities, these decreased to €767 billion at the end of the first quarter of 2021 from €795 billion at the end of the previous quarter. Net sales of debt securities amounted to €3 billion in the first quarter of 2021, while price and other changes amounted to -€25 billion. Looking at equityassets, euro area pension funds' holdings increased to €317 billion at the end of the first quarter of 2021, from €287 billion at the end of the previous quarter. Net purchases of

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Statistical release / 21 June 2021

Euro area pension fund statistics: first quarter of 2021

equity stood at €5 billion in the first quarter of 2021, while price and other changes stood at €24 billion.

Chart 1

Transactions in main assets of euro area pension funds in the first quarter of 2021

(quarterly transactions in EUR billions; not seasonally adjusted)

Data for main assets of euro area pension funds

In terms of the main liabilities, total pension entitlementsof pension funds amounted to €2,672 billion in the first quarter of 2021, down from €2,781 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020. Defined benefit pension schemes amounted to €2,205 billion, accounting for 82.5% of total pension entitlements. Defined contribution pension schemes totalled €466 billion, accounting for 17.5% of total pension entitlements in the first quarter of 2021. Net sales of defined benefit schemes amounted to €3 billion in the first quarter of 2021, while net purchases of defined contribution schemes came to €1 billion. Price and other changes of total pension entitlements amounted to -€107 billion.

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European Central Bank

Directorate General Statistics

Sonnemannstrasse 20, 60314 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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Statistical release / 21 June 2021

Euro area pension fund statistics: first quarter of 2021

Notes:

"Defined benefit schemes" includes hybrid schemes.

"Investment funds" includes money market funds and non-money market funds.

Hyperlinks in the main body of the statistical release and in the annex table lead to data that may change with subsequent releases as a result of revisions. Figures shown in the annex table are a snapshot of the data as at the time of the current release.

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Disclaimer

Banque de France published this content on 21 June 2021 and is solely responsible for the information contained therein. Distributed by Public, unedited and unaltered, on 21 June 2021 09:54:08 UTC.


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