Demand for life annuities: A Brazilian perspective

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Thalita Amorim Vaz
Sérgio Jurandyr Machado
Adriana Bruscato Bortoluzzo


Because pension plans have been marketed using outdated technical premises, Brazilian insurance companies find themselves required to identify additional resources to ensure their ability to meet future benefit payments obligations. When calculating the additional amount of this provision, the parameters used are: mortality and disability decrements, the structure of interest rates, financial performance, cancellation fees and conversion rates. The aim of this study is to present the estimation of conversion rates based on a Probit Model. The data for this study was obtained through the transfer of restricted data from the portfolio of a company with relevant activity in the Brazilian insurance market, including a group of 14,511 individuals eligible for retirement in the period between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2009. The resulting analysis of the data allows us to conclude that two factors — the volume of accumulated reserves and the classification of prices as actuarially fair — increase the propensity of an individual to convert resources upon retirement. In turn, retirement age and the need for liquidity reduce the propensity to convert resources upon retirement.


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Vaz, T. A., Machado, S. J., & Bortoluzzo, A. B. (2012). Demand for life annuities: A Brazilian perspective. Brazilian Administration Review, 9(4), 441-453.