Dynamic Investment Strategies for Corporate Pension Funds in the Presence of Sponsor Risk

The present publication is part of the BNP Paribas Investment Partners research chair at EDHEC-Risk Institute on “ALM and Institutional Investment Management”.

Author(s):

Lionel Martellini

Professor of finance at EDHEC Business School and scientific director of EDHEC-Risk Institute.

Vincent Milhau

Deputy Scientic Director at EDHEC-Risk Institute

Andrea Tarelli

Research Assistant at EDHEC-Risk Institute

The purpose of the present research publication is to go beyond simple forms of dynamic strategies, and to show that more sophisticated dynamic allocation strategies could usefully be implemented by pension funds. For instance, the paper shows that imposing a cap on the funding ratio, in addition to a floor, has a positive impact on both pensioners and bondholders, while only having a minor negative effect on equity value. The paper also introduces novel forms of dynamic strategies that recognise that pension risk is not only driven by the funding ratio of the pension fund, but also by the financial strength or weakness of the sponsor company. These strategies aim to control sponsor risk by avoiding states of the world where the pension fund is underfunded and the sponsor is unable to make up for the gap.

Type: EDHEC Publication
Date: le 20/02/2012
Research Cluster : Finance

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