9th February 2016
The average pension fund fell by 2.5% in January – the worst performance in the opening month of the year since 2009.
The research, by Moneyfacts.co.uk, the price comparison website found that just 17% of the 5,921 pension funds analysed posted positive growth in January 2016, with some funds falling by as much as 20%. The last time pension fund performance made a worse start to the year was back in January 2009 when the average pension fund fell by 3.5%.
However, the good news for pension investors is that there is no correlation between pension fund returns recorded during the opening month of the year and their subsequent growth over the remainder of the calendar year.
After having fallen by 3.5% in January 2009 the average pension fund posted impressive growth of 22.3% for the full calendar year. By contrast pension funds got off to a flying start performance-wise in 2015, but finished the year up by just 2.6%.
Richard Eagling, head of pensions and investments at Moneyfacts says: “There is no doubt that pension fund performance has disappointed so far this year, with the considerable uncertainty around the global economy hampering returns. However, our research shows that a slow start to the year does not necessarily set the course for disappointing pension fund performance for the remainder of the year.”