Canadian mortality data highlights longevity challenge for pension funds

New mortality data in Canada has highlighted the longevity crisis facing the country’s pension funds. Re/insurers are eager to take on some of this risk, but crucial issues need to be resolved for the risk transfer market to keep up with funds’ demand. Louie Woodall reports

Vancouver in Canada

Canada is the new frontier of longevity risk management. The country’s total pension liabilities hover at around C$1 trillion (£540 billion), according to some estimates, representing both a big challenge to fund administrators and a major opportunity to life re/insurers. During the past few years, pioneering firms have sought to tap this potential by attempting to persuade plan sponsors of the need to manage their longevity exposures and offering solutions to help them take it off their books

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