Portfolio Management and Retirement: What is the Best Arrangement for a Family?

Financial Markets and Portfolio Management, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 265-285, 2006

Posted: 17 Sep 2006

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Thomas Post

Maastricht University - School of Business and Economics - Department of Finance; Netspar

Helmut Gründl

Goethe University Frankfurt - Department of Finance; International Center for Insurance Regulation

Hato Schmeiser

University of Muenster - Faculty of Economics; University of St. Gallen - I.VW-HSG

Abstract

In comparing an immediate life annuity with a payout-equivalent investment fund payout plan (self-annuitization), research to date has focused mainly on shortfall probabilities of self-annuitization. As an exception, Schmeiser and Post (2005) propose a family strategy where the chances of self-annuitization (i.e., bequests) are taken into consideration as well. In such a family strategy, potential heirs must bear shortfall risks, but in return have a chance of receiving a bequest. This paper analyzes under which conditions heirs will be willing to agree to a family strategy. The idea of a family strategy is integrated into a realistically calibrated intertemporal expected utility framework, taking into account risks arising from stochastic life span, asset returns, and nontradable labor income. A family strategy is shown to be accepted for many parameter combinations, especially in families with low marginal tax rates, if the heirs are wealthy, or in a case where the retiree has an average population life expectancy. We also work out how family self-annuitization decisions interact with asset allocation, saving decisions, and labor income risk. Under realistic conditions our results support two explanations for the empirically observable low demand for annuities (the so-called annuity puzzle), namely intra-family risk sharing and high cost of market-annuitization.

Keywords: Self-annuitization, Life-cycle asset allocation, Savings behavior, Retirement decisions

JEL Classification: D13, D14, D91, G11, G22, G23

Suggested Citation

Post, Thomas and Gründl, Helmut and Schmeiser, Hato, Portfolio Management and Retirement: What is the Best Arrangement for a Family?. Financial Markets and Portfolio Management, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 265-285, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=930580

Thomas Post (Contact Author)

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Helmut Gründl

Goethe University Frankfurt - Department of Finance ( email )

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Germany

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International Center for Insurance Regulation ( email )

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Germany

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Hato Schmeiser

University of Muenster - Faculty of Economics ( email )

Universitätsstr. 14-16
48143 Munster
Germany

University of St. Gallen - I.VW-HSG ( email )

Kirchlistrasse 2
St. Gallen, 9010
Switzerland

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