The brief’s key findings are:
- The National Retirement Risk Index shows that changes in interest rates have only a modest effect on retirement preparedness for three reasons:
- Most households have relatively little financial wealth to annuitize.
- The effect on annuity income is muted, because the principal portion of the annuity payout is unaffected by interest rates.
- Changes in the annuity income from a reverse mortgage are partly offset by changes in the amount that can be borrowed.