Approximate Solutions for Indifference Pricing Under General Utility Functions

With the aid of Taylor-based approximations, this paper presents results for pricing insurance contracts by using indifference pricing under general utility functions. We discuss the connection between the resulting “theoretical” indifference prices and the pricing rule-of-thumb that practitioners use: Best Estimate plus a “Market Value Margin”. Furthermore, we compare our approximations with known analytical results for exponential and power utility.

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