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Age-dependent investing: Optimal funding and investment strategies in defined contribution pension plans when members are rational life cycle financial planners

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  • Blake, David
  • Wright, Douglas
  • Zhang, Yumeng

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A defined contribution pension plan allows consumption to be redistributed from the plan member's working life to retirement in a manner that is consistent with the member's personal preferences. The plan's optimal funding and investment strategies therefore depend on the desired profile of consumption over the lifetime of the member. We investigate these strategies under the assumption that the member is a rational life cycle financial planner and has an Epstein–Zin utility function, which allows a separation between risk aversion and the elasticity of intertemporal substitution. We also take into account the member's human capital during the accumulation phase of the plan and we allow the annuitisation decision to be endogenously determined during the decumulation phase.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.

Volume (Year): 38 (2014)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 105-124

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Handle: RePEc:eee:dyncon:v:38:y:2014:i:c:p:105-124

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Keywords: Defined contribution pension plan; Funding strategy; Investment strategy; Epstein–Zin utility; Stochastic lifestyling; Phased annuitisation; Dynamic programming;

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