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On annuities: an overview of the issues

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  • Ferro, Gustavo

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Longevity is increasing in the whole world, and savings for retirement are growing quickly. There is a potential demand for certainty in the income streams for pensioners since old-fashioned pay-as-you-go systems became financially stressed. A financial product, the annuity contract, offers longevity insurance but its market is not well developed, even in the small set of countries where it exists. The instrument, its market and its problems are analyzed, and a discussion is made in order to ameliorate the understanding of an apparent paradox: why an interesting instrument is not more demanded and supplied.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 20209.

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Date of creation: Jul 2008
Date of revision: Oct 2009
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:20209

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