Bank of England's rate cut will kill off DB pension schemes, says Geoff Ho


Officials on Threadneedle Lane are concerned about the economy stalling following Brexit.

However, its stimulus wrap has sent the costs of running final salary and other types of DB dodges so high that they threaten the solvency of their sponsoring assemblages.

Pension fund liabilities, that is the amount of money schemes poverty to meet their benefit promises, are based on the yields or total go back people get from UK Government bonds, which are called Gilts.

Since the trust crunch, base rate cuts and QE have pushed gilt returns down and, in the process, have sent pension fund liabilities and losses soaring.

According to actuaries Hymans Robertson, the combined deficit of all the DB contrives in the UK is now £1trillion.

That sum is well beyond the ability of com nies and other organisations to first encounter. Should the Bank cut rates again, it would send deficits and accountabilities soaring further.

Employers would then be forced to make a absolutely choice between investing in their businesses or diverting money into a pecuniary black hole.

DB schemes have been battered over the defunct 20 years by recessions, stock market crashes, bad regulations and accounting changes.

The Bank’s speed cut and fresh QE will send them the way of the dodo.

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