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(UBS Pensions series 28) Portfolio Choice and Wealth Accumulation with Taxable and Tax-Deferred Accounts

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  • Francisco Gomes
  • Alex Michaelides

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  • Valery Polkovnichenko

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We calibrate a life-cycle model with uninsurable labor income risk and borrowing constraints to match portfolio allocation and wealth accumulation profiles of direct and indirect stockholders in both taxable and tax-deferred accounts. Tax-deferred accounts generate an increase in wealth accumulation that is larger for wealthier households. Furthermore, while the cost of following a fixed contribution rate over the life cycle is small, the optimal rate can differ substantially across households, and the welfare losses from choosing the wrong one can be substantial. Finally, the welfare gain from having access to a tax-deferred account ranges from less than 0.1% to 11.5%, depending on the preference parameters.

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Paper provided by Financial Markets Group in its series FMG Discussion Papers with number dp519.

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Date of creation: Sep 2004
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Handle: RePEc:fmg:fmgdps:dp519

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