Blake, David and Cairns, Andrew and Dowd, Kevin (2008): Turning pension plans into pension planes: What investment strategy designers of defined contribution pension plans can learn from commercial aircraft designers.
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Many, if not most, individuals cannot be regarded as ‘intelligent consumers’ when it comes to understanding and assessing different investment strategies for their defined contribution pension plans. This gives very little incentive to plan providers to improve the design of their pension plans. As a consequence, pension plans and their investment strategies are still currently in a very primitive stage of their development. In particular, there is very little integration between the accumulation and decumulation stages. It is possible to produce well-designed DC plans but these need to be designed from back to front (that is, from desired outputs to required inputs) with the goal of delivering an adequate targeted pension with a high degree of probability. We use the analogy of designing a commercial aircraft to explain how this might be done. We also investigate the possible role of regulators in acting as surrogate ‘intelligent consumers’ on behalf of plan members.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Turning pension plans into pension planes: What investment strategy designers of defined contribution pension plans can learn from commercial aircraft designers|
|Keywords:||Pension plans; Defined contribution; Investment strategy|
|Subjects:||G - Financial Economics > G2 - Financial Institutions and Services > G23 - Non-bank Financial Institutions ; Financial Instruments ; Institutional Investors
D - Microeconomics > D9 - Intertemporal Choice > D91 - Intertemporal Household Choice ; Life Cycle Models and Saving
|Depositing User:||David Blake|
|Date Deposited:||10 Nov 2011 15:33|
|Last Modified:||01 Mar 2017 20:24|
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