The market for annuity products is fraught with problems, particularly given the multiplicity of types of annuity products available. On the demand side, annuities are often viewed as investment instruments and as such they may be perceived to be unattractive, for instance given the cost of built-in guarantees may be passed on to consumers. Yet annuities are “insurance” products in that they provide some form of costly protection against risk, be it longevity, mortality, or financial risk.
The OECD launched a multi-year project in 2013 to improve the understanding of the problems facing annuity markets by focusing more closely on the nature of the guarantees provided by annuity products and their costs for insurance companies and consumers.
The main objectives are to:
- assess the different types of annuity products and the nature of the guarantees involved
- identify the exposures and costs of annuity products for insurers and consumers in light of their characteristics and guarantees
- better comprehend insurer risk management of annuity products and the regulatory framework governing annuity products given the guarantees provided
- review the fiscal treatment of annuity products, including the treatment of income from these products.
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Pablo Antolin (tel: +33-1 45 24 90 86 | firstname.lastname@example.org)