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The Simple Analytics of a Pooled Annuity Fund

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  • John Piggott
  • Emiliano A. Valdez
  • Bettina Detzel

This article provides a formal analysis of payout adjustments from a longevity risk-pooling fund, an arrangement we refer to as group self-annuitization (GSA). The distinguishing risk diffusion characteristic of GSAs in the family of longevity insurance instruments is that the annuitants bear their systematic risk, but the pool shares idiosyncratic risk. This obviates the need for an insurance company, although such instruments could be sold through a corporate insurer. We begin by deriving the payout adjustment for a single entry group with a single annuity factor and constant expectations. We then show that under weak requirements a unique solution to payout paths exists when multiple cohorts combine into a single pool. This relies on the harmonic mean of the ratio of realized to expected survivorship rates across cohorts. The case of evolving expectations is also analyzed. In all cases, we demonstrate that the periodic-benefit payment in a pooled annuity fund is determined based on the previous payment adjusted for any deviations in mortality and interest from expectations. GSA may have considerable appeal in countries which have adopted national defined contribution schemes and/or in which the life insurance industry is noncompetitive or poorly developed. Copyright The Journal of Risk and Insurance.

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Article provided by The American Risk and Insurance Association in its journal The Journal of Risk and Insurance.

Volume (Year): 72 (2005)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 497-520

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Handle: RePEc:bla:jrinsu:v:72:y:2005:i:3:p:497-520
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