The interest rate term structure including UFR and averaging [note 1] (table 1.3) fell between the end of March and the end of May. More specifically, 20-year interest rates including UFR and averaging were down by 11 basis points, causing an increase in the value of the liabilities, also referred to as technical reserves. However, capital market rates rose in this period, which resulted in a depreciation of the fixed-income asset portfolio. Between the end of March and the end of May, stock prices climbed. The MSCI World Index was up by 3.7% and the AEX rose by 4.4%, pushing up the value of pension funds’ equity portfolios. Yet this effect did not suffice to counterbalance the negative impact of the interest rates on the liabilities and the fixed-income asset portfolio.
At end-May 2013, 129 of the 295 pension funds investing at fund’s risk had a funding ratio below 105% and consequently faced a funding deficit. This number was up by 21 from end-March 2013. At end-May, the pension funds facing a funding deficit represented 3.8 million active members and 1.9 million pensioners.