Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Publications Database

Dynamic Portfolio Choice with Deferred Annuities

Horneff, Wolfram J.
Rogalla, Ralph
Volume: 34
Number: 11
Pages: 2652 - 2664
Month: November
ISSN-Print: 0378-4266
Link External Source: Online Version
Year: 2010
Keywords: Portfolio choice; Household finance; Deferred life annuities; Stochastic mortality
Abstract: We derive the optimal life-cycle portfolio choice and consumption pattern for households facing uncertain labor income, risky capital market, and mortality risk. In addition to stocks and bonds, the households have access to deferred annuities. Deferred payout life annuities are financial contracts providing life-long income to the annuitant after a specified period of time conditional on survival. We find that deferred annuities play an important role in household portfolios and generate significant welfare gains. Households with high benefits from state pensions, moderate risk aversion and moderate labor income risk purchase deferred annuities from age 40 and gradually increase their portfolio share. At retirement, deferred annuities account for 78% of total financial wealth. Households with low state pensions and high labor income risk purchase more annuities and earlier. Uncertainty with respect to future mortality rates has the same effect, i.e. household hedge against longevity risks using deferred annuities.