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The investment horizon problem: A resolution

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  • Aase, Knut K.

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In the canonical model of investments, the optimal fractions in the risky assets do not depend on the time horizon. This is against empirical evidence, and against the typical recommendations of portfolio managers. We demonstrate that if the intertemporal coefficient of relative risk aversion is allowed to depend on time, or the age of the investor, the investment horizon problem can be resolved. Accordingly, the only standard assumption in applied economics/finance that we relax in order to obtain our conclusion, is the state and time separability of the intertemporal felicity index in the investor’s utility function. We include life and pension insurance, and we also demonstrate that preferences aggregate.

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  • Aase, Knut K., 2009. "The investment horizon problem: A resolution," Discussion Papers 2009/7, Norwegian School of Economics, Department of Business and Management Science.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:nhhfms:2009_007
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    1. Aase, Knut K., 2014. "Life Insurance and Pension Contracts I: The Time Additive Life Cycle Model," Discussion Papers 2014/13, Norwegian School of Economics, Department of Business and Management Science.
    2. Steffensen, Mogens, 2011. "Optimal consumption and investment under time-varying relative risk aversion," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 35(5), pages 659-667, May.

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    Keywords

    The investment horizon problem; complete markets; life and pension insurance; dynamic programming; Kuhn-Tucker; directional derivatives; time consistency; aggregation;

    JEL classification:

    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies

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