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Published: 30 September 2014

Assets of social security funds grew by EUR 170 billion in the second quarter of 2014

The financial assets of employment pension schemes and other social security funds stood at EUR 170.5 billion at the end of the second quarter of 2014. During the quarter, general government net financial assets, that is, the difference between financial assets and liabilities increased from EUR 109.2 billion to EUR 114.5 billion, which is mainly explained by the growth in the assets of social security funds. These data derive from general government financial accounts compiled by Statistics Finland.

General government’s net financial assets

General government’s net financial assets

In the second quarter of 2014, financial assets of central government grew by close on EUR one billion more than the liabilities. At the end of the reference period, the difference between assets and liabilities in central government was EUR -50.8 billion. Central government’s financial assets grew mainly due to an increase in the market value of shareholdings. As a result of issuing, central government's bond stock now exceeded EUR 100 billion for the first time and amounted to EUR 100.9 billion at the end of June.

The financial assets of employment pension funds and other social security funds stood at EUR 170.5 billion at the end of the second quarter. Assets of social security funds were mainly boosted by holding gains accrued from quoted shares and mutual funds. During the quarter, social security funds invested in net amounts most in mutual fund shares just like in the first quarter of the year. Correspondingly, most amounts were moved from loans receivable, and deposits.

During the reference period, the financial position of local government improved by EUR 0.9 billion. At the end of the quarter, the difference between assets and liabilities in local government was EUR -0.4 billion.

In September 2014, EU Member States adopted the revised European System of Accounts, ESA 2010. This is the first statistical release on general government net financial assets that is accordant with the new ESA 2010 system. Some of the financial accounts time series have changed as a result of the revision. The new system brings changes to the classification of financial assets and the Classification of Sectors. In addition, some details in the compilation principles of the financial accounts have been revised.


Source: General government financial accounts, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Martti Pykäri 029 551 3382, Timo Ristimäki 029 551 2324, rahoitus.tilinpito@stat.fi

Director in charge: Leena Storgårds

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Updated 30.9.2014

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): General government financial accounts [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-1964. 2nd quarter 2014. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 24.4.2024].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/jyrt/2014/02/jyrt_2014_02_2014-09-30_tie_001_en.html