UK pension schemes underestimating longevity

Large UK companies are facing far higher pension deficits than previously thought, with many severely underestimating life expectancy in the calculation of liabilities.

A study of the 100 largest UK-listed companies that make up the FTSE index found that overoptimistic assumptions on mortality rates meant the combined deficit could be as much as £100 billion - more than twice the generally accepted figure of £46 billion.

The report, by Pension Capital Strategies, the pension advisory division of

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