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An optimizing framework for the glide paths of life cycle asset allocation funds

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  • Wade Pfau

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In choosing a glide path strategy for asset allocation over their working lives, retirement savers face a trade-off between the higher expected wealth provided by strategies that maintain or increase equity holdings over time and the greater potential security offered from shifting into more conservative assets. We quantify this trade-off with an expected utility framework for our simulated distribution of target-date wealth accumulations under a variety of life cycle, fixed and contrarian glide path strategies. We find justification for the life cycle strategy for savers with very reasonable amounts of risk aversion, and we also provide guidance about utility-maximizing glide paths.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 18 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 55-58

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Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:18:y:2011:i:1:p:55-58

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  1. Should Retirees Increase Stock Allocations as they get Older and Older?
    by Wade Pfau in Pensions, Retirement Planning, and Economics Blog on 2011-07-21 02:38:00
  2. "Dynamic Allocation Strategies for Distribution Portfolios: Determining the Optimal Distribution Glide Path"
    by Wade Pfau in Pensions, Retirement Planning, and Economics Blog on 2011-07-17 23:58:00
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  1. Kumara, Ajantha Sisira & Pfau, Wade Donald, 2011. "Lifecycle and fixed portfolio allocation strategies: a performance comparison for emerging market countries," MPRA Paper 31389, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 10 Jun 2011.

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