Longevity: A New Asset Class

A little over a decade ago, a new asset class emerged, one linked to longevity risk, i.e., unanticipated changes in life expectancy. The Life Market has two segments: a macro segment with assets linked to groups of lives, such as members of a pension plan or a book of annuitants; and a micro segment with assets linked to individual lives, such as life settlements.  David Blake is Professor of Pension Economics at Cass Business School, City University, Director of the Pensions Institute and Chairman of Square Mile Consultants, a training and research consultancy. He is also: Co-Founder with JPMorgan and Towers Watson of the LifeMetrics Indices; Senior Research Associate, Financial Markets Group, London School of Economics; Senior Consultant, UBS Pensions Research Centre, London School of Economics; and Research Associate, Centre for Risk & Insurance Studies, University of Nottingham Business School.

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