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Optimal Asset Allocation of a Pension Fund: Does The Fear of Regret Matter?

Ibhagui, Oyakhilome (2016): Optimal Asset Allocation of a Pension Fund: Does The Fear of Regret Matter?

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Abstract

In this paper, we incorporate regret into the decision-making process of a pension fund and derive the optimal asset allocation of a final-wealth-maximizing pension fund in the accumulation and decumulation phases. We find that the optimal asset allocation must be congruent in both phases if and only if the pension fund is upside regret-averse. In particular, our results suggest that allocation to risky assets must increase through time in the accumulation and decumulation phases so that the pension fund can realize gains from any upsides in the risky asset market, thereby maximizing final wealth and limiting the feeling of regret ex-post. Although decisions in both phases are congruent, we find that the optimal asset allocation generally depends on wealth levels. This evidence implies that separate management of the accumulation and decumulation phases of a pension fund decreases available wealth levels and is not an optimal strategy.

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