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Optimal investment strategy for annuity contracts under the constant elasticity of variance (CEV) model

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  • Gao, Jianwei
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    This paper focuses on the constant elasticity of variance (CEV) model for studying the optimal investment strategy before and after retirement in a defined contribution pension plan where benefits are paid under the form of annuities; annuities are supposed to be guaranteed during a certain fixed period of time. Using Legendre transform, dual theory and variable change technique, we derive the explicit solutions for the power and exponential utility functions in two different periods (before and after retirement). Each solution contains a modified factor which reflects an investor's decision to hedge the volatility risk. In order to investigate the influence of the modified factor on the optimal strategy, we analyze the property of the modified factor. The results show that the dynamic behavior of the modified factor for the power utility mainly depends on the time and the investor's risk aversion coefficient, whereas it only depends on the time in the exponential case.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Insurance: Mathematics and Economics.

    Volume (Year): 45 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1 (August)
    Pages: 9-18

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:insuma:v:45:y:2009:i:1:p:9-18

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    Keywords: Annuity Defined contribution pension plan Stochastic optimal control Legendre transform CEV model;

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    1. Gao, Jianwei, 2010. "An extended CEV model and the Legendre transform-dual-asymptotic solutions for annuity contracts," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 46(3), pages 511-530, June.
    2. Jung, Eun Ju & Kim, Jai Heui, 2012. "Optimal investment strategies for the HARA utility under the constant elasticity of variance model," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 51(3), pages 667-673.

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