An investor who either buys an income annuity at retirement, or who has a higher level of guaranteed income through a pension or Social Security, should hold a different asset allocation than an investor who holds little guaranteed income. We use current annuity and bond prices to estimate optimal equity allocation for retirees with varying levels of guaranteed income who have higher and lower preference for income stability and bequests. We find that increasing annuitized income has a strong impact on optimal equity allocation. The average retiree will see their optimal equity allocation increase by roughly one percentage point for each percentage point increase in annuitized total wealth. Our results provide insight into prudent asset allocation recommendations for clients who haver higher levels of annuitized income.
September 22, 2017