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The Retirement Income Reference Book - Fourth Edition

The Retirement Income Reference Book - 4th edition

Industry Issues

The Retirement Income Reference Book provides a comprehensive view of the changing dynamics of the retirement market. Over the next decade and beyond (the trend is already set) there will be a huge migration of Americans and their assets to retirement. For many, two most important questions will be “How can I have a financially secure retirement?” and “How can an advisor help me?” Understanding the retirement market is critical to innovate new products and services. You can to turn to LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute for unbiased, credible retirement industry knowledge in order to help their clients attain a secure retirement.
An In-Depth Look at the Retirement Income Market

Key Findings

This report features graphs and charts illuminating valuable findings, including:

  • There are already 50.5 million retirees in the United States, and that will increase to 72 million by 2035. Nearly half of Americans currently retire between ages 61 and 65.
  • The demand for guaranteed lifetime income is huge: nearly $780 billion. Interest in creating guaranteed income remains high for pre-retirees.
  • The longevity of Americans keeps improving. One out of four 65-year-old men of average health will live to age 93 and 1 out of 4 65-year-old women will live to age 96.
  • In 8 out of 10 cases, couples are likely to have long lives and could maximize Social Security benefits by delaying claims.
  • Just having an advisor or having an annuity is not enough to build retirement confidence. A formal income plan is the best stimulus for and predictor of retiree confidence levels.
  • Women buy the majority of single-life guaranteed lifetime income annuities.
  • Retirees are more confident when they have an annuity.

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Meet the Project Director

Jafor Iqbal
Assistant Vice President
LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute

Jafor Iqbal studies retirees and the role of financial advisors in retirement income planning. In this role, he leads the LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute's retirement income initiatives. His leadership and focus in retirement income has resulted in the publishing LIMRA’s 2009 and 2012 editions of The Retirement Income Reference Book, a complete mapping of the retirement income marketplace, including retirement risks and issues faced by consumers and advisors, as well as the annual LIMRA Retirement Income Fact Book.

Prior to joining LIMRA in 2009, Iqbal was Director of Product Management at Fidelity Investments.

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Jafor Iqbal