Loss analysis of a life insurance company applying discrete-time risk-minimizing hedging strategies

The present paper investigates the net loss of a life insurance company issuing equity-linked pure endowments in the case of periodic premiums. Due to the untradability of the insurance risk which affects both the in- and outflow side of the company, the issued insurance claims cannot be hedged perfectly. Furthermore,we consider an additional source of incompleteness caused by tradingrestrictions, because in reality the hedging of the contingent claims is more likely to occur at discrete times. Based on Mller (1998), we particularly examine the situation, where the company applies a time-discretized risk-minimizing hedging strategy. Through an illustrative example, we observe numerically that only a relatively small reduction in ruin probabilities is achieved with the use of the discretized originally risk-minimizing strategy because of the accumulated extra duplication errors caused by discretizing. However, the simulated results are highly improved if the hedging model instead of the hedging strategy is discretized. For this purpose,Mller’s (2001) discrete-time (binomial) risk-minimizing strategy is adopted.

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