A Savings Plan with Targeted Contributions

Owadally, I., Haberman, S. & Gomez, D. (2011). A Savings Plan with Targeted Contributions. Journal of Risk and Insurance, 80(4), pp. 975-1000. doi: 10.1111/j.1539-6975.2012.01485.x

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Abstract

We consider a simple savings problem where contributions are made to a fund and invested to meet a future liability. The conventional approach is to estimate future investment return and calculate a fixed contribution to be paid regularly by the saver. We propose a flexible plan where contributions are systematically adjusted and targeted. We show by means of stochastic simulations that this plan has a reduced risk of a shortfall and is relatively insensitive to errors in the planner's estimate of future returns. Sensitivity analyses in terms of parameter values, stochastic return models and investment horizons are also performed.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Owadally, I., Haberman, S. and Gómez Hernández, D. (2013), A Savings Plan With Targeted Contributions. Journal of Risk and Insurance, 80: 975–1000., which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1539-6975.2012.01485.x. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Cass Business School > Faculty of Finance
Cass Business School > Faculty of Actuarial Science & Insurance
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/14280

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