A Portfolio Choice Problem Under Risk Capacity Constraint
50 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2020 Last revised: 2 Dec 2021
Date Written: May 28, 2020
This paper studies the asset allocation problem for a retiree facing longevity risk and living standard risk. We introduce a risk capacity constraint to reduce the living standard risk in the retirement period. Whether the retiree focuses on intertemporal consumption or inheritance wealth, we demon- strate a unique number to measure the expected lump sum of the spending post-retirement. The optimal portfolio is nearly neutral to the stock market movement if the portfolio’s value is higher than this finite critical value; otherwise, the retiree actively invests in the stock market. As a comparison, we consider a dynamic leverage constraint and show that the corresponding optimal portfolio would lose significantly in stressed markets.
Keywords: Risk Capacity, Retirement Portfolio, Longevity Risk, Leverage Constraint
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G13, D52, and D90
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