An investment based valuation approach for pension fund cash flows
Applying modern asset pricing theory, a new valuation approach for pension fund liabilities is proposed. One of its important features is that it creates strong incentives for the fund manager to hold an asset portfolio with a high Sharpe ratio and good hedging characteristics against the fund’s cash flow. Such a portfolio should provide high financial security to the fund at low economic costs. Furthermore, it is shown that discounting pension liabilities at the risk free rate or the expected asset return are both valid only in special cases.