Retirement of baby boomer generation heralds shift to fixed income

Baby boom, baby bust


In 2011, the first of the baby boomer generation will reach the official US retirement age of 66. Whereas someone of retirement age half a century ago was expected to live for only another 15 years, today’s retirees in the developed world will live for another 21 years on average.

But that is not the end of the problem for pension funds and insurers, since a relative baby bust followed the baby boom. There are now proportionately fewer people of working age to help fill the coffers and support t

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