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Less is more: increasing retirement gains by using an upside terminal wealth constraint

Donnelly, C., Gerrard, R. J. G., Montserrat, G. and Nielsen, J. P. (2015). Less is more: increasing retirement gains by using an upside terminal wealth constraint. Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, 64, pp. 259-267. doi: 10.1016/j.insmatheco.2015.06.003

Abstract

We solve a portfolio selection problem of an investor with a deterministic savings plan who aims to have a target wealth value at retirement. The investor is an expected power utility-maximizer. The target wealth value is the maximum wealth that the investor can have at retirement. By constraining the investor to have no more than the target wealth at retirement, we find that the lower quantiles of the terminal wealth distribution increase, so the risk of poor financial outcomes is reduced. The drawback of the optimal strategy is that the possibility of gains above the target wealth are eliminated.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2015, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Publisher Keywords: Retirement planning; Retirement wealth distribution; Savings plan; Portfolio optimization; Stochastic control
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments: Cass Business School > Actuarial Science & Insurance
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/12177
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