In the second part of the Eyes Wide Shut series we examine how the UK’s economic freedom has come down to a circular relationship between the BoE, the banks, bondholders and householders. Each component threatens to undermine the other leading to a loss of faith in the UK as a currency issuer. Most likely in the aftermath of such event there will be a dialogue on how to reset the system. If the diagnosis of the malaise is not accurately explained the risk of resuming the current monetary system will be high. So we offer the explanation and we offer solutions of our own and those of the Cobden Centre, whilst not exhaustive or detailed, they are an outline for real dialogue.
Posts Tagged ‘UK pensions’
Recent news that British Telecom (BT) is paying £2bn into its pension fund to help cover its deficit is a fitting reminder of the shortfalls facing many pension funds. The crux of the matter is that many funds are still living in the past. The falling nominal interest rates and cheap equity valuations that were redolent of the 1980s led to exceptionally favourable conditions for bonds and equities. The standard pension fund portfolio of 50% bonds and 50% equities fared very well.
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