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Overcoming the Saving SlumpHow to Increase the Effectiveness of Financial Education and Saving Programs$
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Annamaria Lusardi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226497099

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226497105.001.0001

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Life-Cycle Funds

Life-Cycle Funds

Chapter:
(p.140) Chapter Five Life-Cycle Funds
Source:
Overcoming the Saving Slump
Author(s):
Luis M. Viceira
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226497105.003.0006

This chapter describes how human capital is equivalent to an implicit investment in bonds for an investor who knows his income in advance with perfect certainty, and argues that properly designed life-cycle funds are better default investment choices than money market funds in defined contribution (DC) pension plans. Life-cycle mutual funds are one of the fastest growing segments in the mutual fund industry. The long-standing practice of sponsors of DC pension plans choosing a money market fund as the default option for plan participants might not be appropriate if the goal is to choose a safe investment. The issuance of inflation-indexed bonds by the Treasury has a significant impact on welfare. Life-cycle funds are inexpensive to manage, and most mutual fund companies do not charge fees on top of the fees they already charge to the underlying funds.

Keywords:   life-cycle funds, human capital, investment, pension plans, mutual fund industry, money market fund, income

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