Household financial planning strategies for managing longevity risk

Vickie L. Bajtelsmit, Tianyang Wang
  • Financial Planning Review, March 2018, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1002/cfp2.1007

This study examines how longevity risk impacts retirement consumption and wealth needs.

What is it about?

We develop a theoretical model that directly examines the relationship between longevity risk and consumption/savings, and empirically test these theoretical implications by simulating retirement outcomes for representative households, including longevity, inflation, investment, health, and long‐term care risks.

Why is it important?

Our study shows that the top third of households by longevity need approximately 20% more retirement wealth than those households who live only an average life span. Investigations of various risk mitigation strategies suggest that combination strategies, particularly those that include delayed retirement, can significantly reduce the retirement wealth target. This research provides valuable new insights on household financial planning strategies for managing longevity risk.

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