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Financing retirement with real estate assets: an analysis of Mexico

  • Carmen Hoyo
  • David Tuesta

Real estate assets represent a major form of savings for families when they reach retirement age. Reverse mortgages are a financial product developed as an alternative way of generating flows of liquid income during retirement in some countries. As income during old age must be diversified from different sources, in this work we assess the potential of reverse mortgages as an alternative income stream in retirement. Our work focuses on Mexico, using projections of the replacement rate that would be received by an old-aged pensioner, only considering the pension from the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS), whilst incorporating annuity income from the reverse mortgage. Using a macroeconomic-actuarial model to generate projections, we found that these rates could be increased by 45 percentage points by incorporating annuity income from real estate assets. This result reinforces the concept of establishing not only policies focused on improving formal pension schemes, but also of making private financial mechanisms available to generate other adequate income flows for old age based on alternative assets.

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Paper provided by BBVA Bank, Economic Research Department in its series Working Papers with number 1335.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2013
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Handle: RePEc:bbv:wpaper:1335
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  1. Hui Shan, 2009. "Reversing the trend: the recent expansion of the reverse mortgage market," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2009-42, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  2. Irina A. Telyukova & Makoto Nakajima, 2011. "Reverse Mortgage Loans: A Quantitative Analysis," 2011 Meeting Papers 387, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  3. Javier Alonso & Carmen Hoyo & David Tuesta, 2014. "A model for the pension system in Mexico: diagnosis and recommendations," Working Papers 1408, BBVA Bank, Economic Research Department.
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