Annuity Markets and Pension Reform by George A. (Sandy) Mackenzie

By George A. (Sandy) Mackenzie

This booklet treats very important yet missed public coverage matters: how should still distributions from person debts be regulated, and the way can the marketplace for deepest annuities functionality greater? It presents a finished survey of the problems that come up while members to person debts turn into eligible for distributions. It additionally addresses the questions of even if annuitization or different regulations on distributions could be necessary, and if this is the case, can the supply of annuities be privatized? Its analytical framework is acceptable to a extensive variety of nations. Given the diminishing significance of public pensions worldwide, the starting to be variety of the aged, and the expanding significance of outlined contribution plans, the voluntary call for for personal annuities goes to develop. it will be important that annuities be reasonably-priced and that the annuity industry be successfully regulated. The e-book investigates either matters, and proposes reforms to augment the potency of the annuity marketplace.

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Typically, the policy holder may choose a lump-sum withdrawal option after the policy has reached a specific maturity date, so that an investment in a variable annuity entails no obligation to annuitize. Many variable annuities offer the holder a guaranteed minimum payment, although payments vary with the return on the investments that fund the annuity. 1 percent of GDP. The share of holders who choose to annuitize appears to be low. Reno et al. (2005, p. 78) report that some $10 billion of premium income is generated annually by the conversion of deferred variable annuities into life annuities.

Other aspects of the UK annuity market are addressed in Chapter 2. Life annuities have become common in Chile with the growth in the number of Chileans retiring under the system of individual accounts that 2 Variable annuities can include hefty surrender charges over some minimum holding period, making them inappropriate investments for older people who wish to liquidate the proceeds without penalty, or avoid imposing a penalty on their heirs. ’’ in the May 15, 2005 edition of the New York Times.

Canada and the United States may be partial exceptions, although in neither country is the annuity market large in comparison with markets for other financial instruments. 1 The annuity market in the United States offers many different kinds of annuities. The premium income of life insurance companies from the sale of both individual and group annuities grew by about 6 percent annually on average between 1989 and 1999, or roughly in line with GDP (Poterba 2001, p. 29). 8 percent of GDP. 6 percent of GDP.

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