Brazil pension funds see gap soar as liabilities rise
SAO PAULO, March 15 (Reuters) - Brazilian pension funds last year probably had their worst annual performance since at least 2007, as liabiliites rose and returns slumped in the wake of a deep political and economic crisis, an industry group said on Tuesday.
pension funds running a deficit accumulated a shortfall of 64.9 billion reais ($18 billion) in the first 11 months of last year, the highest since at least 2007, said Abrapp, the group that represents funds in the country. Those funds posting surpluses piled up savings of 13 billion reais ($3.5 billion), also the lowest for the same period.
The wider deficit and declining savings were triggered by a slump in the value of financial assets in the country and to a "prudent tack" by fund managers to adjust the projected value of some assets, Abrapp President José Ribeiro Neto said in a news conference.
($1 = 3.6842 Brazilian reais) (Reporting by Guillermo Parra-Bernal; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
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