Investigating the broken-heart effect

Author(s):

Jaap Spreeuw

 et al.

The traditional assumption made in life insurance about the independence of the remaining lifetimes of a couple has come under greater scrutiny recently.

In this paper, the researchers postulate that dependence between coupled lifetimes is of a short-term type. Evidence is found that mortality rates increase after the death of a partner and, in addition, that this phenomenon diminishes over time.

Updated: 14/01/2013
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Smoothing survival densities in practise

Author(s):

Jens Nielsen

 et al.
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Kernel density estimation for truncated and censored data has not been widely studied. This in spite of the fact that survival data is omnipresent in statistical applications and the fact that the density still is one of the fundamental building blocks while constructing mathematical statistical models.

In this paper the researchers develop cross-validation for this class of density estimators and show that the recent independent identical distributed double-crossvalidation method of Mammen, Martinez-Miranda, Nielsen and Sperlich (2011) works well also in this more general context.

Updated: 14/01/2013
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Optimal risk transfers in insurance groups

Author(s):

Vali Asimit

 et al.

Insurance groups often comprise a number of distinct legal entities, operating in different territories. Diversification across an insurance group is no trivial matter and the way it operates depends on the group's legal structure.

In comparison to previous literature on this topic, the focus here is on deriving optimal functional forms of risk transfers. Read the full article and let us know what you think.

Updated: 14/01/2013
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A savings plan with targeted contributions

Author(s):

Iqbal Owadally

 et al.

With the cost of living on the rise and job certainty in doubt, many people are putting aside funds to meet a certain demand in the future. This could be for a child's education, a new property or a pension.

Two decisions must be made: how much the monthly contributions will be and where the money will be invested. This paper considers the first of those decisions. Would you prefer to save a fixed amount of money each month or alter your contributions according to income and circumstance?

Updated: 14/01/2013
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UK state pension reform in a public choice framework

Social security systems for old age have been explicitly studied in a public choice framework for over 30 years. They illustrate extremely well the problems of allocating economic resources through a system of voting.

This paper examines the incentives facing voters to expand state pension provision and the possibilities of reducing state pension provision by increasing state pension age. As such it is of great relevance for the study of policy in ageing societies where implicit pension liabilities are increasing and will prove difficult to reduce.

Updated: 14/01/2013
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Monetary policy, asset prices and actuarial practice

Author(s):

Philip Booth


The operation of monetary policy may have an impact on securities markets and asset values. This is of relevance to many in the actuarial industry, particularly to actuaries who work in non-bank financial institutions such as pension funds and insurance companies.

This review paper presents mainstream theories of monetary policy and draws out the implications that are regarded as most important for actuaries and actuarial research.

Updated: 14/01/2013
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Views: 4,091

Monetary policy, asset prices and actuarial practice

Author(s):

Philip Booth


The operation of monetary policy may have an impact on securities markets and asset values. This is of relevance to many in the actuarial industry, particularly to actuaries who work in non-bank financial institutions such as pension funds and insurance companies.

This review paper presents mainstream theories of monetary policy and draws out the implications that are regarded as most important for actuaries and actuarial research.

Updated: 14/01/2013
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Views: 4,091

Optimal capital allocation principles

This paper develops a unifying framework for allocating the aggregate capital of a financial firm to its business units.

Updated: 06/03/2012
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Roads to ruin: A study of major risk events

This major research report, produced by Cass for Airmic (the Association of Insurance and Risk Managers in Industry and Commerce) investigates the origins and impact of over twenty major corporate crises of the last decade.

The crises examined involved substantial, well known organisations such as Coca-Cola, Shell and BP, as well as some smaller firms. Several did not survive and most of the rest suffered severe damage.

Updated: 31/12/2014
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Views: 15,856