Precautionary Motives for Holding Assets
AbstractAt least three types of precautionary motives are directly relevant to an agent's demand for assets. (I.) The precautionary saving motive, or prudence, can cause an agent to respond to a risk by accumulating more wealth. (II.) The desire to moderate total exposure to risk, or temperance, can cause an agent to respond to an unavoidable risk by reducing exposure to other risks even when the other risks are statistically independent of the first. (III.) The precautionary demand for liquidity can cause an agent to respond to a risk by holding more money.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 3586.
Date of creation: Jan 1991
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Publication status: published as New Palgrave Dictionary of Money and Finance, (London: MacMillan Press: 199 2) and (New York: Stockton Publishers: 1992);, Volume 3, pp. 158-161
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