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Editor: Eric C. Chaffee
Univ. of Toledo College of Law

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bisetti, Nocera, Favero & Tebaldi on Longevity and Asset Allocation

Emilio Bisetti, Giacomo Nocera, Carlo A. Favero, and Claudio Tebaldi have posted A Multivariate Model of Strategic Asset Allocation with Longevity Risk on SSRN with the following abstract:

This paper proposes a framework to evaluate the impact of longevity-linked securities on the risk-return trade-off for traditional portfolios. Generalized unexpected raise in life expectancy is a source of aggregate risk in the insurance sector balance sheets. Longevity-linked securities are a natural instrument to reallocate these risks by making them tradable in the financial market. This paper extends the strategic asset allocation model of Campbell and Viceira (2005) to include a longevity-linked investment in addition to equity and fixed income securities and describe the resulting term structure of risk-return trade-offs. The model highlights an unexpected predictability pattern of the survival probability estimates. The empirical valuation of the market price of longevity risk, based on prices for standardized annuities publicly offered by US insurance companies, confirms that longevity linked securities offer cheap funding opportunities to asset managers willing to leverage their investment portfolio.

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