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DB transfer values drop in April

Defined benefit pension transfer values fell during April, according to the Xafinity transfer value index.

The index was £235,000 at the end of March and £232,000 at the end of April.

The difference between the maximum and minimum readings of the index of April was £6,700, or around 2.9 per cent.

Xafinity Punter Southall DB growth head Sankar Mahalingham says the fall in transfer values over the month was mainly due to an increase in gilt yields.

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Mahalingham says: “There was more volatility in transfer values during April than in recent months, at almost 3 per cent, though this is still low compared to the volatility we saw during 2017, where in some months the index fluctuated by over 5 per cent.”

The Xafinity transfer value index tracks the transfer value that would be provided by an example DB scheme to a member aged 64 who is currently entitled to a pension of £10,000 each year starting at age 65 and increasing each year in line with inflation.

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