Retirement of baby boomer generation heralds shift to fixed income

Developed countries are facing up to large demographic imbalances as the baby boomer generation retires and pensioners live ever longer. As baby boomers leave employment and shift savings into new vehicles to fund their retirement, will credit benefit?


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

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