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Subject:  Re: Lump Sum vs Pension Annuity Date:  3/21/2011  9:57 PM
Author:  pauleckler Number:  68677 of 90752

I was wondering if you wouldn't mind explaining this a little further?

The pension works kind of like a mortgage--designed to make payments of the promised amount for your life expectancy (with the insurance company taking the risk that those who live longer than their life expectancy will be balanced by people who live shorter than expected.)

As with a mortgage, the first payment you receive is almost all interest on that lump sum cash and the last payment (at life expectancy) is almost all principle.

The pension plan defines the monthly amount to be paid. As market interest rates change, the lump sum value changes to compensate.
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