Over the past 2 weeks we have seen a rise in the level of 30yr Real Gilt Yields (from 0.046% on 31 Aug to 0.206% as at time of writing this note on the 14th Sept).
Despite significant economic headwinds and uncertainty over-hanging financial markets, we have seen a "relief" rally following the recent announcements from the ECB, Wednesday's decision from the German Constitutional Court, and the FED's announcement last night confirming an open ended round of QE until unemployment drops "substantially".
For most pension funds, this rise in long term gilt yields and general support for risk assets will lead to an improved funding ratio. Whilst we recognise that these yield levels still represent near record lows, we believe that, under the right scheme-specific risk framework, this may create opportunity for clients to "lock-in" this improvement and take a further step along their funding "flight plan".
Another upcoming policy event that may have an impact on the index linked gilt market and inflation swaps pricing will be Tuesday's publication of yesterday's CPAC (CPI Advisory Committee) meeting minutes.
We would be happy to discuss this current opportunity with you further and/or how we might be able to help you take advantage of similar opportunities in the future, always under a disciplined, funding objective consistent manner.
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