Longevity Annuity: An Annuity for Everyone?

18 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2007

Date Written: June 2007


As of 2005, individuals had an estimated $7.4 trillion invested in IRAs and employer-sponsored retirement accounts. Given these investments, many retirees will face the difficult problem of turning a pool of assets into a stream of retirement income. Purchasing an immediate annuity is a common recommendation for retirees looking to maximize retirement spending. However, the vast majority of retirees are unwilling to annuitize all of their assets. This paper demonstrates that a new type of annuity, a longevity annuity, is optimal for retirees unwilling to fully annuitize. For a typical retiree, allocating 10%-15% of wealth to a longevity annuity creates spending benefits comparable to an immediate annuity allocation of 60% or more.

Keywords: Annuity, annuitization, pensions, longevity risk, insurance, Social Security

JEL Classification: D11, D91, E21, H55, J14, J26

Suggested Citation

Scott, Jason S., Longevity Annuity: An Annuity for Everyone? (June 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=992423 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.992423

Jason S. Scott (Contact Author)

Financial Engines, Inc. ( email )

1050 Enterprise Way, 3rd Floor
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
United States

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