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Life Settlements and Longevity Swaps

Opportunities for investors, individuals, insurers and pension funds

Trillions of dollars of unfunded (and underfunded) social security and pension liabilities, combined with the demographic time-bomb of aging populations, creates a daunting challenge in terms of covering the costs of retirees’ costs of living, care and healthcare– before even considering their desire to bequeath wealth (and lifetime gifts can be more tax efficient than bequests).

Many older people may not realise that they do have assets, besides their home, that can be monetised – and life assurance policies can be amongst the most valuable financial instruments they may own. While it is commonplace for people to release equity from their homes, far fewer take advantage of the opportunity to sell a life assurance policy. “There are always some people negative on life settlements but the industry provides a vital source of revenues for our senior population,” says Schulte Roth & Zabel (SRZ) partner Thomas R. Weinberger.

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