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Putting the Pension Back in 401(k) Plans: Optimal versus Default Longevity Income Annuities
Most defined contribution pension plans pay benefits as lump sums, yet the US Treasury has recently encouraged firms to protect retirees from outliving their assets by converting a portion of their plan balances into ...
Optimal Social Security Claiming Behavior under Lump Sum Incentives: Theory and Evidence
People who delay claiming Social Security receive higher lifelong benefits upon retirement. We survey individuals on their willingness to delay claiming later, if they could receive a lump sum in lieu of a higher annuity ...
How Persistent Low Expected Returns Alter Optimal Life Cycle Saving, Investment, and Retirement Behavior
This Chapter explores how an environment of persistent low returns influences saving, investing, and retirement behaviors, as compared to what in the past had been thought of as more “normal” financial conditions. Our ...
Implications of Money-Back Guarantees for Individual Retirement Accounts: Protection Then and Now
In the wake of the financial crisis and continued volatility in international capital markets, there is growing interest in mechanisms that can protect people against retirement account volatility. This paper explores the ...