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Efficient portfolios when housing needs change over the life cycle

  • Pelizzon, Loriana
  • Weber, Guglielmo

We address the issue of the efficiency of household portfolios in the presence of housing risk. We treat housing stock as an asset and rents as a stochastic liability stream: over the life cycle, households can be short or long in their net-housing position. Efficient financial portfolios are the sum of a standard Markowitz portfolio and a housing risk hedge term that multiplies net housing wealth. Our empirical results show that net housing plays a key role in determining which household portfolios are inefficient. The largest proportion of inefficient portfolios obtains among those with positive net housing, who should invest more in stocks.

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Volume (Year): 33 (2009)
Issue (Month): 11 (November)
Pages: 2110-2121

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