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Return distributions of equity-linked retirement plans

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  • Detering, Nils
  • Weber, Andreas
  • Wystup, Uwe

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We have compared the performance of savings plans within the class of difference capital guarantee mechanisms: from the stop loss to classic investments in actuarial reserve funds. CPPI strategies with different leverage factors can be viewed as a compromises between these two extremes. In bullish markets savings plans with a high equity ratio perform the best, in bearish markets the classic insurance concept shows better returns. A stop loss strategy suffers from gap risk, whence a CPPI strategy combines the strength of both gap risk minimization and equity ratio maximization. The effect of fees on the savings plans dominates the performance, especially in typical fee structures found in the German Riester-Rente. The private investor is advised to check carefully if the federal cash payments can compensate the fees taking into account his own salary and tax situation.

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  • Detering, Nils & Weber, Andreas & Wystup, Uwe, 2010. "Return distributions of equity-linked retirement plans," CPQF Working Paper Series 27, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Centre for Practical Quantitative Finance (CPQF).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:cpqfwp:27
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    Keywords

    CPPI; stop loss; capital guarantee mechanisms; retirement provision plan; Riester-Rente;

    JEL classification:

    • C15 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Statistical Simulation Methods: General
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies

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