Longevity Risk

The risk of outliving one's assets. In other words, the risk of running out of money during retirement. In most countries, average life expectancy has increased dramatically over the past several decades. Longer lifespans are somewhat of a mixed blessing because of the financial burden associated with more years of retirement. Individuals, insurance companies and governments are exposed to the financial pressures created by the need to finance increasing longevity. Longevity risk is a key challenge for many societies around the world.

Annuities and Other Forms of Guaranteed Income are Priorities for the Obama Administration

Much has been written over the past couple of weeks about the Obama Administration's support of annuities.

The New York Times ran a story about the "unloved annuity getting a hug from Obama."

Bloomberg featured an article in its personal finance section describing the potential, the pitfalls and the overall industry enthusiasm surrounding in-plan annuities.

The federal government has posted a...

Longevity Market Leaps Ahead with Launch of Life and Longevity Markets Association

A group of banks and insurance companies recently formed a London-based trade group called the Life and Longevity Markets Association (LLMA). The LLMA aims to develop a liquid market for longevity risk that taps into broader capital markets rather than just the balance sheets of certain insurers and reinsurers. A core focus will be on longevity swaps and making the longevity swap transaction process more efficient. Longevity swaps serve as a risk transfer alternative to pension buyouts. The...