One of the factors used to determine the financial position of Philips Pensioenfonds is its funding ratio. If a pension fund has a funding ratio of 100%, this means that its assets exactly cover its existing pension liabilities. A series of financial rules laid down in the Financial Assessment Framework (Financieel Toetsingskader) have been used to define the following types of funding ratios:
Current funding ratio
The current funding ratio reflects the value of the pension fund’s assets as a proportion of the pension liabilities (all pensions payable now and in the future).
At 30 September 2022, Philips Pensioenfonds had a actual funding ratio of 129.5%.
Policy funding ratio
Another way of calculating the funding ratio that is less subject to daily fluctuations is the policy funding ratio. The policy funding ratio is calculated by taking the average of the actual funding ratios over the past twelve months. By law, pension funds are required to use their policy funding ratio for deciding on various matters, for example indexation. The policy funding ratio is also used for other purposes, including to establish whether the pension fund’s buffers are sufficient.
At 30 September 2022, Philips Pensioenfonds had a policy funding ratio of 129.0%.
Required funding ratio
The required funding ratio is the minimum policy funding ratio that pension funds are required to have according to the law. If a pension fund’s policy funding ratio is at the same level as the required funding ratio, this means that it has the financial buffer required by law. The purpose of this buffer is to compensate for fluctuations in the value of the pension fund’s investments and liabilities. The required funding ratio varies from one pension fund to the next, and is determined largely by the pension fund’s investment policy: the higher the risks in the investment policy, the higher the required funding ratio.
At 30 September 2022, the required funding ratio of Philips Pensioenfonds is not yet known at the time of publication of this webpage.
|Amounts in millions of euros|
|End of Q3 2022||End of Q2 2022||End of Q1 2022||End of Q4 2021|
|Pension fund's assets (1)||17,781||18,766||22,042||23,853|
|Current funding ratio||129.5%||126.1%||127.3%||132.3%|
|Policy funding ratio||129.0%||128.6%||128.1%||128.8%|
In the third quarter of 2022, the actual funding ratio increased from 126.1% at the end of June to 129.5% at the end of September. The increase in the funding ratio was the result of an increase in interest rates in the third quarter. Inflation is higher and lasting longer than previously thought. In response, interest rates have risen. With a higher interest rate, the Pension Fund's pension liabilities fall sharply. This is favorable for the funding ratio. However, a higher interest rate also makes it less attractive to invest in equities. The return on the equity portfolio was therefore negative. Fixed-income investments also returned negatively as a result of the rise in interest rates. These negative returns led to a decline in pension assets of
Philips Pensioenfonds. However, the fall in pension liabilities was stronger than the fall in pension assets. As a result, the actual funding ratio rose by more than 3 percentage points in the third quarter.
(1) The pension assets represent the size of the Pension Fund's financial resources. There is a difference between the pension assets and the invested assets. This difference consists of a number of items (including taxes to be paid and social insurance contributions) that are or are not included in the pension assets on the one hand and the invested assets on the other. The funding ratio is based on the pension assets.
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