The FAB (First Actuarial Best-estimate) Index shows the financial position of the UK’s 5,450 DB pension funds on a long-term basis, allowing for realistic future investment returns.

It is updated every month using data from the PPF 7800 Index, to help trustees better understand the likely value of fund liabilities.

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June 2019 – Commentary

Over the month to 30 June 2019, First Actuarial’s Best estimate (FAB) Index improved, with the surplus in the UK’s 5,450 Defined Benefit (DB) pension schemes increasing from £387bn to £401bn. The deficit on the PPF 7800 Index decreased during June 2019 from £69.9bn to £51.7bn, with the funding ratio reducing from 96% to 97%.

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