Portfolio Choice with Illiquid Assets
32 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2003
Date Written: February 2003
The present Paper investigates the effects of incorporating illiquidity in a standard dynamic portfolio choice problem. Lack of liquidity means that an asset cannot be immediately traded at any point in time. We find the portfolio share of financial wealth invested in illiquid assets given the liquidity premium. Benchmark calibrations imply a portfolio share of 2-6% in cash. These numbers are in line with survey data and also with portfolio recommendations by practitioners. We also find that long horizon investors invest more in illiquid assets. Overall, our results suggest that differences between asset classes unrelated to standard price risk may influence portfolio shares.
Keywords: Liquidity, asset pricing, portfolio choice, calibration
JEL Classification: G11, G12
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