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Annuity Risk: Volatility and Inflation Exposure in Payments from Immediate Life Annuities

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  • Laura Ballotta


    (Department of Actuarial Science and Statistics, City University London)

  • Steven Haberman


    (Department of Actuarial Science and Statistics, City University London)

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    Some researchers have raised concerns about significant volatility in initial payments from fixed immediate life annuities and the subsequent inflation risk during the retirement period. This paper investigates these concerns using recent high frequency data. It finds that while there is significant volatility in initial payments from nominal fixed annuities, phased purchases of fixed annuities can reduce their volatility. It also finds that an inflation-adjusted annuity may address both the volatility and inflation risk problems. The results are applicable to current discussions about Social Security and trends toward the defined contribution type of pension plan.

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    Paper provided by Center for Research on Pensions and Welfare Policies, Turin (Italy) in its series CeRP Working Papers with number 24.

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    Length: 31 pages
    Date of creation: Aug 2002
    Publication status: published in Fornero E. and E. Luciano (eds), "Developing an Annuity Market in Europe", Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2004
    Handle: RePEc:crp:wpaper:24
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