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Implications of the Financial Crisis for Long Run Retirement Security

Olivia S. Mitchell
WP2010-02

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Abstract

Managing retirement risk has become extraordinarily difficult in this era of financial turmoil, global interlinkages, and global population aging. It is particularly fraught since consumers must now engage in long-term contracts with themselves, employers, financial institutions, and governments, regarding the future of retirement financing. Moreover, these agreements will need to remain in force extraordinarily long, for fifty or even one hundred years into the future. This note reviews what institutions and instruments that have a successful track record in retirement risk management over such a long time horizon.

[Keywords: Retirement, pension, government, longevity, risk, insurance, management, insurance, retirees, annuities]