According to industry research that has been recently revealed, the proportion of shares in the United Kingdom held by UK-based pension funds plummeted from around 32 per cent back in 1990 to less than 2.5 per cent by 2018, marking a decline of around 90 per cent for the period.
The research also uncovered that ownership of British public companies has continually shifted over the years from UK-based pension funds to investors abroad and foreign owners.
According to the data, British pension funds comprised more than 25 per cent of the total market value of British-listed shares for close to two decades between 1981 and 1998, and then declined to just below 13 per cent prior to 2008’s financial crisis in 2008.
After this, UK shares held by pension schemes continued to decrease and remained at about six percent by 2018, when indirect and direct ownership were included.
In stark contrast, the proportion of British shares owned by investors overseas increased from 12 per cent back in 1990 to around 55 per cent for 2018.
The research also identified the numerous charges and costs that are incurred in complex investment chains like pension funds, which make them an often-inefficient method of sharing the value of UK enterprises with working people.
From UK savers interested in shares in pension funds to those seeking help with retirement planning in Shropshire, Cheshire and other counties, people often obtain guidance from expert wealth managers, who take a holistic approach to the financial advice they offer.