And right now inflation adjusted interest rates on government borrowing are near enough zero, or negative, and nominal rates are astonishingly low.
That\’s from our favourite retired accountant from Wandsworth.
You know, the guy who says that equities are entirely the wrong product for pensions and we should all be investing in bonds instead?
Ah, but he wants pension funds to be FORCED to invest in government bonds. He’s not advising it as a good investment.
I think I shall continue to take my own decisions. At least for as long as he allows me to.
“right now inflation adjusted interest rates on government borrowing are near enough zero, or negative”
And I’d imagine that sits perfectly well with the Murph philosophy. Give your dosh to the State to play with & pay a ‘rent’ for the privilege of doing so.
The lack of return on the bonds is of course a feature for the Courageous State, because then they have ultimate control over how much money any one pensioner gets. Its all part of the ‘All of your money belongs to the State, except for the little bit it graciously lets you keep’ concept.
Forget about Richie’s pension plans – gilts currently provide an apparently pitiful return next
to equities. Is it possible that the market, efficient or not, has got it right this time?
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How about we demand pension funds to invest in nonmarketable consols. It would be a dream come to true for Ritchie.