ارزش گذاری ریسک خنثی قراردادهای بیمه عمر شرکت در یک محیط نرخ بهره تصادفی
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|24239||2008||12 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||9291 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Volume 43, Issue 1, August 2008, Pages 29–40
Over the last years, the valuation of life insurance contracts using concepts from financial mathematics has become a popular research area for actuaries as well as financial economists. In particular, several methods have been proposed of how to model and price participating policies, which are characterized by an annual interest rate guarantee and some bonus distribution rules. However, despite the long terms of life insurance products, most valuation models allowing for sophisticated bonus distribution rules and the inclusion of frequently offered options assume a simple Black–Scholes setup and, more specifically, deterministic or even constant interest rates. We present a framework in which participating life insurance contracts including predominant kinds of guarantees and options can be valuated and analyzed in a stochastic interest rate environment. In particular, the different option elements can be priced and analyzed separately. We use Monte Carlo and discretization methods to derive the respective values. The sensitivity of the contract and guarantee values with respect to multiple parameters is studied using the bonus distribution schemes as introduced in [Bauer, D., Kiesel, R., Kling, A., Ruß, J., 2006. Risk-neutral valuation of participating life insurance contracts. Insurance: Math. Econom. 39, 171–183]. Surprisingly, even though the value of the contract as a whole is only moderately affected by the stochasticity of the short rate of interest, the value of the different embedded options is altered considerably in comparison to the value under constant interest rates. Furthermore, using a simplified asset portfolio and empirical parameter estimations, we show that the proportion of stock within the insurer’s asset portfolio substantially affects the value of the contract
Participating life insurance contracts are characterized by an interest rate guarantee and some bonus distribution rules, which provide the possibility for the policyholder to participate in the earnings of the insurance company. While in England or other Anglo-Saxon countries the interest rate guarantee is often given on a point-to-point basis, the predominant kinds of insurance contracts in other markets as, e.g., the German market include the so-called cliquet style guarantees. Within such products, a certain guaranteed rate of return plus some surplus is credited to the policyholder’s account each year. Furthermore, these contracts often contain other option features such as a surrender option. The analysis of participating life insurance contracts with a minimum interest rate requires a realistic model of bonus payments. Grosen and Jørgensen (2000) establish some general principles for modeling bonus schemes: They argue that life insurance policies should provide a low-risk, stable and yet competitive investment opportunity. In particular, the surplus distribution should reflect the so-called “average interest principle”, which states that insurers are to build up reserves in years of high returns and use the accumulated reserves to keep the surplus stable in years with low returns without jeopardizing the company’s solvency. Aside from an interest rate guarantee and a distribution mechanism for excessive returns which suits these principles, the model of Grosen and Jørgensen (2000) further includes the possibility for the insured to surrender. In this case, the policyholder obtains the account value whereas the reserves remain with the company. As no closed-form solution for the policy value can be derived, Monte Carlo methods are used for the valuation of the contract. In Jensen et al. (2001), the same valuation problem is tackled in an alternative way: Within each period, they show that the value function follows a known Partial Differential Equation (PDE), namely the Black–Scholes PDE, which can be solved using finite difference methods. At inception of each period, arbitrage arguments ensure the continuity of the value function. Based on these insights, they derive a backward iteration scheme for pricing the contract. This approach is extended and generalized in Tanskanen and Lukkarinen (2003). In particular, they do not use finite differences in order to solve the PDE, but derive an integral solution which is based on the transformation of the Black–Scholes PDE into a one-dimensional heat equation. Their model permits multiple distribution mechanisms including the one from Grosen and Jørgensen (2000). The distribution mechanisms considered in Bauer et al. (2006) also satisfy the general principles provided in Grosen and Jørgensen (2000). Additionally, their general framework allows for payments to the shareholders of the company as a compensation for the adopted risk. Furthermore, Bauer et al. (2006) show how the value of a contract can be separated into its single components and derive an equilibrium condition for a fair contract. However, all these contributions perform the valuation in a simple Black–Scholes model for the financial market and, in particular, assume deterministic or even constant interest rates. Considering the long terms of insurance products, this assumption does not seem adequate. In contrast, other publications allow for a stochastic evolution of interest rates. However, these articles consider point-to-point guarantees rather than cliquet style guarantees (see, e.g., Barbarin and Devolder (2005), Bernard et al. (2005), Briys and de Varenne (1997), or Nielsen and Sandmann (1995)), or do not allow for the consideration of typical distribution schemes or option features embedded in many life insurance contracts (see, e.g., De Felice and Moriconi (2005) or Miltersen and Persson (1999)). The present paper fills this gap: We adopt the methodology presented in Bauer et al. (2006) and incorporate more consistent models for the behavior of interest rates into their model. In order to take into account all typical components of a participating life insurance contract, different numerical methods are presented. Besides Monte Carlo methods, we present a discretization approach based on the numerical solution of certain PDEs, which allows us to consider the non-European surrender option. We study the impact of various parameters on the contract value focusing on the parameters which emerge due to the stochasticity of the evolution of interest rates. Furthermore, using a simplified asset portfolio and empirical parameter estimations, we study the impact of the proportion of stock within the insurer’s asset portfolio on the contract value. The remainder of the paper is organized as follows: In Sections 2 and 3 we briefly introduce the model and valuation methodology from Bauer et al. (2006), respectively. Section 4 presents the valuation approaches. In particular, we introduce the two stochastic interest models considered in the paper, namely the well-known models of Vasic˘ek (1977) and Cox et al. (1985) for the evolution of the short rate, and explain our valuation algorithms as well as their implementation. Our results are presented in Sections 5 and 6. Besides the values of the contract and the embedded options, we examine their sensitivities toward changes in several parameters and give economic interpretations. While in Section 5 we focus on parameters that come into play due to the stochasticity of the interest rates, Section 6 is devoted to the study of the impact of the proportion of stock within the insurer’s asset portfolio. Section 7 closes with a summary of the main results and an outlook for future research.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
We present a valuation framework for participating life insurance contracts allowing for a stochastic evolution of interest rates. In order to focus on the basic effects, only a very simple kind of insurance contract, namely a term-fix contract with a single up-front premium is considered. Adapting the methodology from Bauer et al. (2006), we present two different bonus distribution schemes for the insurance contract, which are adapted to the German regulatory framework, namely the MUST-case considering only compulsory payments due to legal and regulatory requirements, and the IS-case in which additional corporate behaviors are taken into account. The life insurance contract is valuated and analyzed using methods from modern financial mathematics. However, due to the legal situation and the special features of the German insurance industry, the requirements for applying the resulting hedging strategies are not automatically fulfilled. The problem is encountered by using the cash-flow model from Bauer et al. (2006) which makes it possible to apply the concept of risk-neutral valuation and, in particular, to price and hedge the embedded options separately. For the instantaneous short rate two different stochastic models are considered: the Vasic˘ek (1977) model and the Cox et al. (1985) model. The Ornstein–Uhlenbeck process within the Vasic˘ek (1977) model is easier to handle, since the respective stochastic differential equation has a closed-form solution. However, the process can take negative values, which may limit the applicability of the model. The Cox et al. (1985) short rate model cannot become negative under certain conditions and therefore presents a better model for the interest rate evolution. However, the Cox et al. (1985) model is more delicate to handle. The insurance contract itself and the embedded options are relatively complex, path-dependent derivatives. In particular, it is not possible to obtain closed-form solutions for their risk-neutral value, and numerical methods have to be applied. We present Monte Carlo algorithms, which allow for the valuation of a European contract as well as the embedded options, and a discretization approach which allows for the valuation of Bermuda style walk-away options in non-European contracts by solving a certain partial differential equation numerically. Besides calculating contract values, we perform sensitivity analyses with respect to those parameters that come into play due to the stochasticity of the interest rate. It turns out that due to the additional source of uncertainty in the model, the risk-neutral value of an insurance contract with stochastic short rates always exceeds the value of a contract with a constant or deterministic short rate for a comparable parameter choice. With increasing volatility of the interest rate process, the contract value also increases. Even though the values under stochastic and constant interest rates do not differ tremendously for realistic choices of the interest rate volatility, the decomposition into the various embedded options is altered considerably. In particular, the value of the interest rate guarantee is increased over-proportionally compared with the contract value. Furthermore, we show that the composition of the insurer’s asset portfolio influences the contract value considerably. Using empirical parameter estimations, we show that the contract value for different proportions of stock within the reference portfolio between 0% and 100% is altered by more than 50%—thus, the insurers should be careful in their investment decisions, since they have a big impact on the values of the embedded options and thus, on the value of the contract as a whole. Even though we observe that under the influence of stochastic short rates the value of the insurance contract as a whole exceeds the initial premium paid in most cases, our empirical studies show that this gap is highly dependent on the parametrization used. In particular, when estimating the respective values from data for different time periods, the results differ tremendously. The incorporation of stochastic interest rates is important, since market interest rates do not remain constant over the long lifetimes of insurance contracts. However, it is very difficult to choose an adequate model and, within a given interest rate model, to calibrate the parameters adequately. Empirical studies further show that the distribution of the log returns of the asset process differ from the assumed normal distribution. Thus, it could be worthwhile to consider other processes to model the asset portfolio. We could further extend the model by considering an asset portfolio consisting of several different asset classes such as bonds, real estate etc. instead of a single asset process the composition of which is described via correlations. In addition, in order to obtain a more applicable model, it would be interesting to determine hedging strategies for the insurance contract and for the embedded options.