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Title: Mandatory annuitization and money's worth: Evidence from Singapore
Authors: Fong, JH 
Li, J
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2021
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Citation: Fong, JH, Li, J (2021-01-01). Mandatory annuitization and money's worth: Evidence from Singapore. Journal of Pension Economics and Finance : 1-20. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper examines the impact of uncertainties in the future trends of mortality on annuity values in Singapore's compulsory purchase market. We document persistent population mortality improvement trends over the past few decades, which underscores the importance of longevity risk in this market. Using the money's worth framework, we find that the life annuities delivered expected payouts valued at 1.019-1.185 (0.973-1.170) per dollar of annuity premium for males (females). Even in a low mortality improvement scenario, the annuities provide an expected value exceeding 0.950. This suggests that participants in the national annuity pool have access to attractively priced annuities, regardless of sex, product, and premium invested.
Source Title: Journal of Pension Economics and Finance
ISSN: 14747472
DOI: 10.1017/S147474722100010X
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