Should I cash out my final salary pension during the COVID-19 market decline?

04 July 2020

Question by Q's

With the market decline due to Covid 19 is now a good time to cash out my final salary pension for a higher CETV ratio?

Answered by Holly Mackay

We checked in with pensions expert Tom McPhail on this one. Final salary schemes are always tricky so it’s good to get some expert help.

Here’s what he had to say:

"In theory an investor could take advantage of inflated DB transfer values to switch out of their guaranteed scheme and to invest in a money purchase arrangement, buying in to shares at bargain basement values.

Current Gilt yields may drive up liability calculations so we could see generous transfer values emerging over the weeks to come. However we may also see trustees acting to cut back transfer values in response to the current market volatility. It is also worth noting final salary transfers take weeks or months to execute and who knows what the state of the world will be by the time it actually completes.

Right now many money purchase investors are facing the prospect of a cut to their retirement income as a result of falling asset values and suspended dividend payments. In this context, the security of a guaranteed final salary pension income looks pretty appealing so members should think long and hard before trying to cash in and jump into the market."

Hope his helps!


Answered by

Holly Mackay

Founder and CEO of Boring Money

I’ve worked in investment markets for over 20 years. I started out at Merrill Lynch Investment Management and worked at a few big names before setting up my first business in 2008.