The Role of Annuity Markets in Financing Retirement

The Role of Annuity Markets in Financing Retirement
Author : Jeffrey R. Brown
Publisher : MIT Press
Total Pages : 240
Release : 2001-11-09
ISBN 10 : 0262261693
ISBN 13 : 9780262261692
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Role of Annuity Markets in Financing Retirement Book Description:

Annuity insurance products help protect retirees against outliving their incomes. Dramatic advances in life expectancy mean that today's retirees must plan on living into their eighties, their nineties, and even beyond. Longer life expectancies are the symbol of a prosperous society, but this progress also means that some retirees will need to plan conservatively and cut back substantially on their living standards or risk living so long that they exhaust their resources. This book examines the role that life annuities can play in helping people protect themselves against such outcomes. A life annuity is an insurance product that pays out a periodic amount for as long as the annuitant is alive, in exchange for a premium. The book begins with a history of life annuity markets during the twentieth century in the United States and elsewhere. It then explores recent trends in annuity pricing and money's worth, as well as the economic value generated for purchasers of these products. The book explains the potential importance of inflation-protected annuities and stock-market-linked variable annuities in providing more complete retirement security. The concluding chapters examine life annuities in various institutional settings and the tax treatment of annuity products.


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