Risk-free asset

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Risk-free asset

An asset whose future normal return is known today with certainty.
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Risk-Free Asset

An asset in which the return is known with certainty. The certainty generally comes from a supreme amount of confidence in the issuer of the asset; for example, Treasury securities are considered risk-free because the United States government is considered the best possible issuer. Critics contend that there is no such thing as a risk-free asset because, in theory, even the US government could default. However, risk-free assets have such a low level of risk that it may be ignored. Nonetheless, risk-free assets usually have a low rate of return, and, as a result, even these are exposed to inflation risk.
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In its simplest expression, the existence of a riskless asset in sufficient large supply will determine [r.sub.t+1].
The financial market under consideration consists of n risky assets with random returns and one riskless asset with a deterministic return.
where [R.sup.f(1).sub.t+j] denotes the one-period net return on a riskless asset and [Rf.sup.e(1).sub.t+j] denotes a vector of one-period excess returns above the riskless return for the number of risky assets under consideration.
* R is the low risk return rate: it is the return rate of a riskless asset whose emitter is characterized by a higher level of solvency (example, Sovereign Sukuk Ijara (8)).
where [[theta].sub.S](t), [[theta].sub.L] (t), and [[theta].sub.r] (t) denote the amounts of capital invested in the two risky assets (security and loan) and in the riskless asset (treasury), respectively.
For long-horizon investors, long-term inflation-indexed bonds are the riskless asset. By investing in a portfolio of inflation-indexed bonds whose cash flows match their consumption spending plans, investors can guarantee a riskless consumption stream.
Another riskless asset is a loan to a sovereign government.
Let us assume that for a given time t the agent can allocate his wealth among n - 1 risky assets with a stochastic rate of return [r.sub.it] and a riskless asset with a rate of return [r.sub.0t].
Kingston (2000) and Farhi and Panageas (2007) study the optimal retirement timing decision combined with the problem of optimal sav- ing and asset allocation prior to retirement, where available assets are one risky and one riskless asset, as in Merton (1971).
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We consider a financial market [M.sup.n+1] which consist of a riskless asset and n risky assets, traded upon continuously.