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Claims that a ‘Hard Brexit’ could increase UK pension deficit by over £200bn

Latest news and statistics by Cardano reveal an inevitable rise in the United Kingdom’s buyout deficit on pension funds provided a deal is not reached to solve the Brexit issue. It is estimated that a deficit of over £200 billion could occur which is 37% in the overall rise.

A no-deal Brexit risk has been lifted by the leadership of the conservative party challenge at Westminster.

According to the risk modelling findings by Cardona, severe Brexit effects are expected to result in a tremendous rise in total Pension Liabilities of the United Kingdom by 14%. This is attributed to the falling yields in gilts, depreciating interest rates, reduction in the power of the sterling pound and a further big increase in schemes inflation which are usually fulfilled in long-term requirements and obligations.

Pension fund assets will also suffer the hard Brexit consequences as they are likely to increase by 6% as a result of the decrease in the strength of the sterling pounds. The expected fall in the strength of the sterling pound will benefit the 100 FTSE international constituents and also the worldwide equality and debt allocation of schemes.

Nevertheless, the 14% increase in liabilities is expected to undermine the whole improvement which will result in the increase of the United Kingdom’s funding gap, added to by the costs of mis-sold pension claims.

On the other hand, basing on Cardan’s risk model, the UK’s total buyout deficit could gradually reduce by £138 billion which projects to a 24% fall when compared to the recent level provide a soft Brexit occurrence happens. Liabilities will reduce by 9% which will enable easy funding by the Schemes shareholders in collaboration with sponsors available in the United Kingdom.

Crucial unknowns encompassing Brexit have been addressed regarding the relationship between the European Union and the UK. This, therefore, paves way for growth improvement in the UK which will rise the bank rates by taking advantage of the slackness in the British economy including an increase in the sterling strength, rise in gilt outcomes and improving the FTSE 100 performance by softening it.

The UK chief executive officer based at Cardano, Kerrin Rosenberg, urged the United Kingdom schemes to examine the consequences which the hard Brexit is expected to cause and find solutions to avoid and deal with them when it was still early. The legal controllers including their advisers were advised by Cardano to consider reforming their strategies for investment as a result of the sponsors being affected by the hard Brexit.

Cardano further recommended that schemes should employ the liability-driven tools for investment in the minimisation of both the interest rate and inflation risks. They also need to be well informed of possible effects of Brexit in order to set up strategies for reducing assets risks in the United Kingdom.