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Liability Driven Investment with Downside Risk

28 Pages Posted: 25 May 2012 Last revised: 16 Oct 2012

Andrew Ang

BlackRock, Inc

Bingxu Chen

Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics

Suresh M. Sundaresan

Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics

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Date Written: October 16, 2012

Abstract

We develop a liability driven investment framework that incorporates downside risk penalties for not meeting liabilities. The shortfall between the asset and liabilities can be valued as an option which swaps the value of the endogenously determined optimal portfolio for the value of the liabilities. The optimal portfolio selection exhibits endogenous risk aversion and as the funding ratio deviates from the fully funded case in both directions, effective risk aversion decreases. When funding is low, the manager “swings for the fences” to take on risk, betting on the chance that liabilities can be covered. Over-funded plans also can afford to take on more risk as liabilities are already well covered and so invest aggressively in risky securities.

Keywords: Liability Driven Investment (LDI) , Asset Allocation, Pension, Downside Risk, Expected Shortfall

Suggested Citation

Ang, Andrew and Chen, Bingxu and Sundaresan, Suresh M., Liability Driven Investment with Downside Risk (October 16, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2065890 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2065890

Andrew Ang

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Bingxu Chen (Contact Author)

Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics ( email )

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Suresh M. Sundaresan

Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics ( email )

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