Consuming durable goods when stock markets jump: a strategic asset allocation approach

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Abstract

In this paper we show the impact of considering jumps in the return process of risky assets when deciding how to invest and consume throughout time. Agents derive their utilities from consumption over time. We consider an agent that invests in the financial market and in durable and perishable consumption goods. Assuming that there are costs for transacting the durable good, we show that an agent who does not consider the possibility of jumps will make suboptimal decisions, not only regarding the fraction of wealth invested in the stock market, but also with respect to the timing for trading on the durable good. Furthermore we also show that jumps cause a non-obvious asymmetric impact on the thresholds that lead the consumer to trade the durable good, even when the jump distribution is symmetric.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-104
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Economic Dynamics and Control
Volume42
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2014

Keywords

  • Durable consumption goods
  • Financial markets
  • Jumps
  • Optimal investment
  • Perishable consumption goods
  • Strategic asset allocation

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