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Scope
Data presentation - Summary description

These statistics refer to the assets and liabilities of euro area pension funds (PFs) and the data currently cover end-of-quarter outstanding amounts, financial transactions and adjustments.

Data presentation - Detailed description

This dataset presents statistics collected under the new Regulation ECB/2018/2 on assets and liabilities of pension funds (PFs) which belong to the sector “pension funds (PFs)” in the European System of Accounts (ESA 2010).

The Regulation will remedy the shortcomings of the non-harmonised and incomplete quarterly statistics on pension funds collected so far, in particular the limited dissemination of transaction data due to insufficient data quality. The enhanced statistics will thus better support monetary and financial analyses, and contribute to the euro area financial accounts.

The previously published ICPF statistics are also available in the Statistical Data Warehouse for the reference periods Q1 2008 to Q2 2016, while PFs data collected under Guideline ECB/2014/15 are available from Q3 2016 to Q4 2019.

Statistical population

PFs resident in the territory of a euro area Member State  form the reference reporting population

Reference area coverage

Euro Area

Sector coverage

Pension funds belonging to the sector "pension funds (PFs)" in the ESA 2010

Methodological information
Source data type

PFs submit to the NCBs the data that the NCBs require in accordance with Regulation ECB/2018/2. These in turn report national aggregates to the ECB.

Time period

These statistics are available as of reference period Q3 2019 for stocks, and Q1 2020 for transactions and other adjustments. 

The previously published ICPF statistics are also available in the Statistical Data Warehouse for the reference periods Q1 2008 to Q2 2016, while PFs data collected under Guideline ECB/2014/15 are available from Q3 2016 to Q4 2019.

Time period - collection

End of the period

Frequency of data collection

Quarterly

Statistical concepts and definitions

For information about the naming convention (series key dimensions and metadata), refer to the PFBR underlying DSD (ECB_ICPF1) maintained by the ECB.

Statistical unit

Balance sheet items of euro area pension funds.

Statistical processing
Data compilation

Data are aggregated across the PF sector in each Member State by NCBs to derive national contributions to the euro area aggregated balance sheet of the PF sector.

No consolidation. Inter-PF positions are shown on the balance sheet.

Adjustment

Not adjusted

Data validation

Validation is based on the verification of balance sheet constraints, and on checks on the plausibility of developments at various levels of aggregation.

Data revision

The revisions policy and procedures set by the ECB and the relevant NCB must be followed.

Administrative Information
Title

PFBR - Euro Area Pension Funds Statistics

Data source

National central banks (NCBs) and ECB

Quality
Quality management

Quality is ensured by means of a comprehensive legal framework included in the Regulation ECB/2018/2 on statistical reporting requirements for pension funds.

Accuracy

Minimum standards for accuracy:

(a) the statistical information must be correct: all linear constraints must be fulfilled (e.g. assets and liabilities must balance, subtotals must add up to totals);

(b) reporting agents must be able to provide information on the developments implied by the transmitted data;

(c) the statistical information must be complete and must not contain continuous and structural gaps; existing gaps should be acknowledged, explained to the relevant NCB and, where applicable, bridged as soon as possible;

(d) reporting agents must follow the dimensions, rounding policy and decimals set by the relevant NCB for the technical transmission of the data.

Timeliness

As mentioned in the legal documents, there is a phasing in period until 2022 for the balance sheet data reported on a quarterly basis. Currently the quarterly data are reported to the ECB by close of business on the 50th working day following the end of the quarter to which the data relate. As of reference period 2022, the data are reported to the ECB by close of business on the 80th working day following the end of the year to which the data relate.

Dissemination
Release policy - release calendar

See the release calendar for pension funds statistics in the euro area on the ECB’s website.

Dissemination format

Statistical Data Warehouse (SDW) and ECB website

Technical Information
Catalog

Download the series catalogue containing a full list of series and associated metadata of the dataset PFBR in CSV format (zipped)

Dataset last update
14 December 2023 10:00 CET
Miscellaneous
Metadata last update
10 November 2022 11:04 CET