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VaR Limits for Pension Funds: An Evaluation

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  • Berstein, Solange
  • Chumacero, Rómulo

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This paper evaluates the effects of imposing Value-at-Risk (VaR) limits and quantitative restrictions on portfolio choices in the context of a risk-based supervision framework for defined contribution pension funds. It shows the conditions under which VaR constraints are equivalent to constraints on volatility. The paper also presents some further considerations that regulators should take into account when adopting a risk-based supervision framework when contributions are mandatory and a significant part of the pension depends on the performance of past investments.

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  • Berstein, Solange & Chumacero, Rómulo, 2010. "VaR Limits for Pension Funds: An Evaluation," MPRA Paper 22574, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:22574
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    1. Solange Berstein & Olga Fuentes & Nicolás Torrealba, 2011. "La Importancia de la Opción por Omisión en los Sistemas de Pensiones de Cuentas Individuales," Working Papers 44, Superintendencia de Pensiones, revised Jan 2011.
    2. Solange Berstein, 2011. "Implementación de la Reforma Previsional en Chile," Working Papers 45, Superintendencia de Pensiones, revised Apr 2011.
    3. Han, Yingying & Gong, Pu & Zhou, Xiang, 2016. "Correlations and risk contagion between mixed assets and mixed-asset portfolio VaR measurements in a dynamic view: An application based on time varying copula models," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 444(C), pages 940-953.
    4. repec:eee:finlet:v:22:y:2017:i:c:p:20-29 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Solange Berstein & Olga Fuentes & Nicolás Torrealba, 2010. "In an Individually Funded Pension System: How Can Risks Be Mitigated?," Working Papers 36, Superintendencia de Pensiones, revised Feb 2010.
    6. Solange Berstein & Olga Fuentes & Nicolás Torrealba, 2010. "Sistema de Pensiones de Capitalización Individual: ¿Cómo Mitigar Riesgos?," Working Papers 35, Superintendencia de Pensiones, revised Feb 2010.

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    Keywords

    Portfolio Choice; VaR;

    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G38 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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