Exponential glide paths

Moshe Levy, Haim Levy

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In the absence of market-timing ability, investors are better-off keeping their asset allocation constant through time. Target-date funds help reduce variation in the asset allocation, by taking into account that human capital, which is a part of the investor's total portfolio and is typically considered to be bond-like, diminishes with age. To compensate, target date funds reduce the allocation to equities in the financial portfolio over time. Funds almost universally do so in a linear fashion, following straight-line glide paths. We show that linear glide paths imply two systematic deviations from constant asset allocation, and suggest a simple correction, the exponential glide path. Exponential glide paths lead to a typical increase of 5-22% in welfare relative to linear glide paths.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-36
Number of pages12
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022


  • Target date funds
  • lifecycle funds
  • glide paths
  • asset allocation


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