Unlike other mortgages, the equity release market looks set to grow during the coming periods in the recession. The performance of the stock market and the FTSE 100 affects some of those of a pension age quite dramatically. With billions wiped off the market during the recent turmoil, the shareholders are left short changed from their investments. Some of the major shareholders are in fact pension funds and other types of mutual funds which some people rely upon for annual dividends and returns. Without these, some may be looking to secure alternative funding for their retirement. Equity release can be one of those alternatives and the market is expected to grow as the economic recession continues.