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Facing Up to Longevity with Old Actuarial Methods: A Comparison of Pooled Funds and Income Tontines

Marcel Bräutigam (), Montserrat Guillén () and Jens P. Nielsen ()
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Marcel Bräutigam: ETH Zurich
Montserrat Guillén: University of Barcelona
Jens P. Nielsen: City University London

The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice, 2017, vol. 42, issue 3, 406-422

Abstract: Abstract We compare the concepts underlying modern actuarial solutions to pension insurance and present two recently developed pension products—pooled annuity overlay funds (based on actuarial fairness) and equitable income tontines (based on equitability). These two products adopt specific approaches to the management of longevity risk by mutualising it among participants rather than transferring it completely to the insurer. As the market would appear to be ready for such innovations, our study seeks to establish a general framework for their introduction. We stress that the notion of actuarial fairness, which characterises pooled annuity overlay funds, enables participants to join and exit the fund at any time. Such freedom of action is a quite remarkable feature and one that cannot be matched by lifelong contracts.

Keywords: pensions; life table; retirement income; longevity risk; actuarial fairness; equitability (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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