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Designing and pricing guarantee options in defined contribution pension plans

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  • Consiglio, Andrea
  • Tumminello, Michele
  • Zenios, Stavros A.

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The shift from defined benefit (DB) to defined contribution (DC) is pervasive among pension funds, due to demographic changes and macroeconomic pressures. In DB all risks are borne by the provider, while in plain vanilla DC all risks are borne by the beneficiary. However, for DC to provide income security some kind of guarantee is required. A minimum guarantee clause can be modeled as a put option written on some underlying reference portfolio and we develop a discrete model that selects the reference portfolio to minimize the cost of a guarantee. While the relation DB–DC is typically viewed as a binary one, the model shows how to price a wide range of guarantees creating a continuum between DB and DC. Integrating guarantee pricing with asset allocation decision is useful to both pension fund managers and regulators. The former are given a yardstick to assess if a given asset portfolio is fit-for-purpose; the latter can assess differences of specific reference funds with respect to the optimal one, signaling possible cases of moral hazard. We develop the model and report numerical results to illustrate its uses.

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  • Consiglio, Andrea & Tumminello, Michele & Zenios, Stavros A., 2015. "Designing and pricing guarantee options in defined contribution pension plans," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 65(C), pages 267-279.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:insuma:v:65:y:2015:i:c:p:267-279
    DOI: 10.1016/j.insmatheco.2015.10.002
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    1. Pierre Devolder & Sébastien De Valeriola, 2017. "Minimum Protection in DC Funding Pension Plans and Margrabe Options," Risks, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 5(1), pages 1-14, January.

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