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Dynamic asset allocation when bequests are luxury goods

By Jie Ding, Geoffrey Kingston and Sachi Purcal

Abstract

Luxury bequests impart systematic e ects of age to an investor\u27s optimal allocation: the expected percentage allocation to equities rises throughout retirement. When bequests are luxuries the marginal utility of bequests declines more slowly than the marginal utility of consumption. This is essentially lower risk aversion. As a retiree approaches death, her expected remaining lifetime utility is increasingly composed of bequest utility, and thus generates progressively lower risk aversion.  A retiree responds by increasingly favoring the higher-return risky asset. Compared to standard preferences, luxury bequests elevate a retiree\u27s average exposure to risky assets, but the di erence is small in early retirement

Topics: Retirement income, Asset Allocation, Portfolio management
Publisher: Centre for International Finance and Regulation
Year: 2012
OAI identifier: oai:apo.org.au:66235

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