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Defined benefit company pensions and corporate valuations: simulation and empirical evidence from the United Kingdom

  • Kamakshya Trivedi
  • Garry Young

This paper examines the role of defined benefit company pensions in amplifying the effect of common shocks to companies' stock market valuations. It identifies and evaluates the significance of two channels of amplification: cross-holdings of equities in pension schemes, and leverage induced by pension liabilities. Econometric analysis of weekly stock market data for a sample of FTSE 350 UK companies confirm that these effects are statistically significant and robust to outlying observations.

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Paper provided by Bank of England in its series Bank of England working papers with number 289.

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Date of creation: Mar 2006
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