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Optimal Annuitization with Incomplete Annuity Markets and Background Risk During Retirement

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  • Peijnenburg, J.M.J.
  • Nijman, T.E.
  • Werker, B.J.M.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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We examine incomplete annuity menus and background risk as possible drivers of divergence from full annuitization. Contrary to what is often suggested in the literature, we find that full annuitization remains optimal if saving is possible after retirement. This holds irrespective of whether real or only nominal annuities are available. Whenever liquidity is desired, individuals save sizeable amounts out of their annuity income to smooth consumption shocks. Similarly, adding variable annuities to the menu does not increase welfare significantly, since individuals can save in order to get the desired equity exposure. We calculate bounds on a possible bequest motive and default risk of the annuity provider and find that for realistic parameters full annuitization remains optimal.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2010-11.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubcen:201011

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Keywords: Optimal life cycle portfolio choice; annuity; savings; retirement;

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