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U.K. Annuity Rates, Money's Worth and Pension Replacement Ratios 1957-2002

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  • Edmund Cannon
  • Ian Tonks

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This paper constructs a time series of annuity rates in the U.K. for 1957-2002, and examines the pricing of U.K. annuities, and the relationship between the accumulation and decumulation phases of a defined contribution pension scheme by focusing on the properties of the pension replacement ratio. The paper computes the money's worth of annuities over the sample period, and finds that on average the money's worth has been just less than unity, implying that annuities are fairly priced. Using data on annuity returns and the returns on other financial assets, the paper simulates replacement ratios, to build up a frequency distribution of the pension replacement ratio for a U.K. individual. These frequency distributions illustrate the risk in the pension replacement ratio faced by an individual who saves in a typical defined contribution pension scheme. Copyright 2004 The International Association for the Study of Insurance Economics.

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  • Edmund Cannon & Ian Tonks, 2004. "U.K. Annuity Rates, Money's Worth and Pension Replacement Ratios 1957-2002," The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance, The International Association for the Study of Insurance Economics, vol. 29(3), pages 371-393, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:geneva:v:29:y:2004:i:3:p:371-393
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    1. Sutcliffe, Charles, 2015. "Trading death: The implications of annuity replication for the annuity puzzle, arbitrage, speculation and portfolios," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 38(C), pages 163-174.
    2. Alexis DIRER & Rim ENNAJAR-SAYADI, 2016. "How Price Elastic is the Demand For Retirement Saving?," LEO Working Papers / DR LEO 2437, Orleans Economics Laboratory / Laboratoire d'Economie d'Orleans (LEO), University of Orleans.
    3. Federica Teppa, 2011. "Can the longevity risk alleviate The annuitization puzzle? Empirical evidence from Dutch data," Working Papers 223, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.

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