Sherman Hanna, Jessie X. Fan and Y. Regina Chang (1995). Optimal Life Cycle Savings

Hanna, S., Fan, J. X. &
Chang, Y. R. (1995). Optimal life cycle savings. Financial Counseling and
, 6, 1-15.


Optimal Life Cycle Savings

Hanna (1)
, Jessie X.
Fan (2)
and Y. Regina Chang (3)

How much should a family save
for retirement? A prescriptive life cycle savings model is presented. Scenarios
are developed with simulations to provide implications for personal financial
planning. The percent of income to save today depends on the expected lifetime
non-investment income pattern. Households who are sure that their real incomes
will increase substantially in the future may be rational in not starting to
save for retirement until 25 years before retirement. With uncertain future
incomes and retirement ages, saving early may be rational. A computer program
based on this model has been used in financial planning classes.

Key Words: Retirement planning, Investment, Saving, Life cycle model, Risk


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1. Sherman Hanna, Professor, Family Resource Management and Textiles and
Clothing Department, The Ohio State University, 1787 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH
43210-1295. Phone: (614) 292-4584. Fax: (614) 292-7536. E-mail:


2. Jesse X. Fan, Assistant
Professor, Family and Consumer Studies, University of Utah, 228 Alfred Emery
Building, Salt Lake City, UT 84112. Phone: (801) 581-4170. FAX: (801) 581-5156.


3. Y. Regina Chang, Assistant
Professor, Department of Consumer and Family Economics, University of
Missouri-Columbia, 239 Stanley Hall, Columbia, MO 65211. Phone: (573) 882-9343.


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