Just like every other type of investment, pensions tend to fluctuate in value over time, especially during political or economic uncertainty such as the current coronavirus pandemic. This can result in a great deal of stress and anxiety, because not only did you work hard to save for your pension, it’s what you’ll be relying on to live comfortably in retirement. So what are some of the main reasons why Read More….
The potential impact of the coronavirus pandemic could see pension liabilities increase by as much as 15-20 per cent. That’s according to the River and Mercantile Group, who believe the industry will be hit with the “perfect storm…in terms of funding”. In its Interim Financial Report, the group revealed that an ongoing collapse in gilt years together with a sharp fall across global equity markets has resulted in a major Read More….
The interest rate cuts announced by the Bank of England earlier in March could lead to reduced pension pot value. Steve Cameron, of pension provider Aegon, said that the rate reduction would result in a “double whammy” for pensions as annuity rates are also likely to be cut. The outgoing BoE governor Mark Carney slashed interest rates by half a percentage point to a record low of 0.25pc in response Read More….
The UK retail industry suffered its worst year on record in 2019, with sales falling for the first time in 24 years. The British Retail Consortium (BRC)/KPMG Retail Sales Monitor showed a 0.1 per cent decline in total sales last year compared with growth of 1.2 per cent in a tough climate in 2018. The BRC said the performance was the weakest since comparable records began in 1995. The downturn Read More….
According to Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, central banks might not be able to stop a sharp economic downturn as ever since the global financial crisis, they have used up much of their usual monetary policy arsenal. “It’s generally true that there’s much less ammunition for all the major central banks than they previously had and I’m of the opinion that this situation will persist for some time,” Carney Read More….