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Life-Cycle Housing and Portfolio Choice with Bond Markets

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  • van Hemert, Otto

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    I study optimal housing and portfolio choice under stochastic inflation and real interest rates. Renters allocate financial wealth to stocks and bonds with different maturities. Homeowners also choose the mortgage type. I show that hedge demands and financial constraints vary over an investor's lifetime, giving rise to a pronounced life-cycle pattern in the optimal housing, stock, bond, and mortgage choice. Young homeowners take an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) and invest financial wealth predominantly in stocks. Later in the life cycle bonds play an important role, mainly as a hedge against changing real interest rates and house prices. Fairly risk-tolerant homeowners still prefer an ARM, while more risk-averse investors rather choose a combination of an ARM and a fixed-rate mortgage.

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    Paper provided by Institute for Financial Research in its series SIFR Research Report Series with number 44.

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    Length: 25 pages
    Date of creation: 15 Sep 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:sifrwp:0044

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    Keywords: Portfolio choice; mortgage; housing; term structure of interest rates;

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    1. Ralph S.J Koijen & Otto Van Hemert & Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh, 2007. "Mortgage Timing," NBER Working Papers 13361, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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