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The latest figures on pension transfer values, released this morning, showed a fall last month.

The Xafinity Transfer Value Index fell steadily from £236,000 at the end of December to £231,000 at the end of January.

Sankar Mahalingham, head of DB growth at Xafinity Punter Southall, said: “Increases in gilt yields have been the main driver, with inflation remaining relatively stable.”

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The difference between maximum and minimum readings of the index over January 2018 was £6,000 or around 2.4%, Xafinity said in a statement.

The Xafinity Transfer Value Index tracks the transfer value that would be provided by an example DB scheme to a member aged 64 who is currently entitled to a pension of £10,000 each year starting at age 65 (increasing each year in line with inflation).

Different schemes calculate transfer values in different ways. A given individual may therefore receive a transfer value from their scheme that is significantly different from that quoted by the Xafinity Transfer Value Index.

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