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Optimal Portfolio Management for Individual Pension Plans

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  • Christian Gollier

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We explore the various arguments for and against the recommendation that younger households should invest a larger share of their pension wealth in risky assets. The ability of young agents to compensate their financial losses by saving more during their career provides the strongest argument in favour of younger people investing more aggressively in the stock market. Meanreversion in stock returns yields another argument. However, the uninsurability of the risky human capital goes in the opposite direction, together with the imperfect knowledge that young investors have about the distribution of asset returns.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 1394.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_1394

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Keywords: dynamic portfolio choice; pension plan; retirement; time horizon;

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Cited by:
  1. Gollier, Christian, 2007. "Intergenerational Risk-Sharing and Risk-Taking of a Pension Fund," IDEI Working Papers 42, Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse.
  2. Ramon Moreno & Marjorie Santos, 2008. "Pension systems in EMEs: implications for capital flows and financial markets," BIS Papers chapters, in: Bank for International Settlements (ed.), Financial globalisation and emerging market capital flows, volume 44, pages 45-69 Bank for International Settlements.
  3. Arjen Siegmann, 2008. "Minimum Funding Ratios for Defined-Benefit Pension Funds," DNB Working Papers 180, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.
  4. Gollier, Christian, 2007. "Assets Relative Risk for Long-term Investors," IDEI Working Papers 466, Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse.

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