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Asset allocation under loss aversion and minimum performance constraint in a DC pension plan with inflation risk

Zheng Chen, Zhongfei Li, Yan Zeng and Jingyun Sun

Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, 2017, vol. 75, issue C, 137-150

Abstract: In this paper we investigate an optimal investment strategy for a defined-contribution (DC) pension plan member who is loss averse, pays close attention to inflation and longevity risks and requires a minimum performance at retirement. The member aims to maximize the expected S-shaped utility from the terminal wealth exceeding the minimum performance by investing her wealth in a financial market consisting of an indexed bond, a stock and a risk-free asset. We derive the optimal investment strategy in closed-form using the martingale approach. Our theoretical and numerical results reveal that the wealth proportion invested in each risky asset has a V-shaped pattern in the reference point level, while it always increases in the rising lifespan; with a positive correlation between salary and inflation risks, the presence of salary decreases the member’s investment in risky assets; the minimum performance helps to hedge the longevity risk by increasing her investment in risky assets.

Keywords: DC pension plan; Minimum performance constraint; Loss aversion; Martingale approach; Inflation risk (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C61 G11 G23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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