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Annuity Markets: Book by Edmund Cannon

Annuity Markets

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ISBN: 9780199216994    Publisher: Oxford University Press Year of publishing: 2008     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 320        
The Pension Crisis concerns the changing demographic profile of the economy: an increasing number of elderly persons supported by fewer young people. Governments around the world are responding to this...Read more
The Pension Crisis concerns the changing demographic profile of the economy: an increasing number of elderly persons supported by fewer young people. Governments around the world are responding to this impending crisis by shifting their pension policies away from pay-as-you-go systems towards individual savings schemes. These savings need to be converted into a pension at retirement, and annuities provide this function. This book is a comprehensive study of annuity markets. The book starts by outlining the context of public policy towards pensions, and explains the different types of annuities available, focusing on the UK which has the largest annuity market in the world. It examines how annuities are priced, and describes the techniques of mortality measurement. As a background, it provides a history of annuities, and the experience of annuity markets in a number of other countries. The book outlines the economic theory behind annuities, and explains how annuities insure consumers against longevity risks. It goes on to describes how annuities markets function: how they work, and whether they are efficient, leading onto a discussion of the annuity puzzle.The book concludes by discussing the regulatory framework, assets available to back annuity liabilities, and recent developments in annuity markets.
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About the author: Edmund Cannon

Edmund Cannon is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Bristol. His research includes work on pension economics; the effect of demographic... Read more

Edmund Cannon is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Bristol. His research includes work on pension economics; the effect of demographic change on the macroeconomy; endogenous growth theory; and the r le of financial markets and transport in economic development. He teaches macroeconomics and econometrics, is Deputy Director of the Economics Network of the Higher Education Academy and has taught at the University of Oxford and the University of Verona. He has acted as a consultant to the UK water industry and advised the Department of Work and Pensions. Professor Ian Tonks is Director of Xfi Centre for Finance and Investment at the University of Exeter. During the academic year 2006/07 he is Senior Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England. His research focuses on pension economics; fund manager performance; market microstructure and the organisation of stock exchanges; directors' trading; and the new issue market. He has published in leading finance and economics journals, and teaches across all areas of financial economics including asset pricing, corporate finance, market efficiency and performance measurement. He is a consultant to the Financial Markets Group, and the Centre for Market and Public Organisation. He has acted as a consultant to a number of commercial and regulatory organisations including the London Stock Exchange, the Competition Commission, and the Financial Services Authority, and has advised the Department of Work and Pensions, and the House of Commons Select Committee on issues in pensions.

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The shift from defined benefit to defined contribution pension plans, in both the public and private sectors and around the world, has drawn new attention to the long-standing problem of insuring...Read more
The shift from defined benefit to defined contribution pension plans, in both the public and private sectors and around the world, has drawn new attention to the long-standing problem of insuring against longevity risk in retirement. This volume provides a superb introduction to the operation of current annuity markets and the economic analysis of these markets. James Poterba, Mitsui Professor of Economics, MIT and President, National Bureau of Economic Research Converting savings into sustainable spending is fast becoming the major challenge for the baby boomers. This book provides a great source of information on annuities from both an actuarial science and behavioural economics perspective and on how we can help meet this need. Tom Boardman, Director of Retirement Strategy, Prudential As the baby boomers begin to retire from 2010, an understanding of the role and importance of annuities has never been more needed. This is because they are the only financial instrument ever devised that can hedge longevity risk. More than half the world's life annuities are sold in the UK, and two of the UK's leading experts have written this timely book on annuities. It will become a standard reference. David Blake, Professor of Pension Economics at Cass Business School
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