A simple formula for optimal management of individual pension accounts.

This research considers optimal investment for an individual pension savings plan in receipt of gradual contributions against which one cannot borrow, using expected power utility as the optimality criterion.

Updated: 25/09/2013
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Can digital technology bring quality financial advice to the masses?

Author(s):

Jens Nielsen

 et al.

Why should those at the top end of the salary scale be the only ones getting high quality financial advice on their savings and pensions? How can digital technology deliver this advice at low cost to everyone?

Updated: 03/10/2013
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Trading risk: The value of relationships, models and face-to-face interaction in a global reinsurance market

Author(s):

Paula Jarzabkowski

 et al.

Over the past 20 years, the reinsurance industry has experienced three profound forces for change. First, technological change has improved information distribution and strengthened connections between global markets. Second, regulatory emphasis on global equivalence in trading practices has generated pressure for convergence across different marketplaces. Third, the widespread acceptance of vendor property catastrophe models has led to more standardised approaches to the evaluation of reinsurance risks, levelling the playing field for decision-making on at least some classes of business. However, there has been little systematic evaluation of the specific implications of change for either trading practices or for future industry evolution. This report addresses that gap by presenting the results of an industry-commissioned, year-long study of reinsurance underwriting and broking practices in the Lloyd's and Bermuda marketplaces.

Updated: 10/02/2017
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Beyond borders: Charting the changing global reinsurance landscape

Author(s):

Paula Jarzabkowski

 et al.

This report is the result of a three-year study of the global reinsurance industry, covering the main stakeholders of cedents, reinsurers, and brokers. It examines the implications of profound change arising from shifts in regulation, consolidation in the key players, and increasing competition both within the reinsurance industry and from alternative capital providers.

Updated: 09/02/2017
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Global Reinsurance Masterclass series: 3. Winning the game

Reinsurance providers have typically avoided head-to-head competition by occupying different strategic positions, according to their different perspectives on what constitutes attractive business. However, industry evolution is generating greater rivalry that is eroding some of these distinctions and driving reinsurers towards new strategic positions. This masterclass identifies these strategic groups and analyses the moves reinsurance companies can take to prosper.

Updated: 10/03/2016
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Global Reinsurance Masterclass series: 2. Fit for purpose?

The reinsurance industry is a secondary industry. It exists to serve the needs of a primary insurance industry: so trends in insurance are likely to change the kinds of products which insurance companies need from reinsurers. This Masterclass focuses on the buyers of reinsurance - the primary insurers, whose world is rapidly changing - and shows how reinsurers need to position themselves to continue

to attract insurers' premium.

Updated: 15/10/2013
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Global Reinsurance Masterclass series: 1. Re-think reinsurance

At the end of 2009 the reinsurance industry was a confident and optimistic one. A succession of major natural disasters during 2010, however, rocked the industry and since then both competition and regulation have intensified. In this first masterclass of a series of seven, we analyse the current state of the reinsurance industry and suggest strategic responses to the current competitive climate.

Updated: 15/10/2013
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Double Chain Ladder, Claims Development Inflation and Zero Claims

Our previous academic research into Double Chain Ladder demonstrated how the classical chain ladder technique can be broken down into separate components. In this paper, we continue our investigation of the double chain ladder, and illustrate a simple way to include prior knowledge of severity inflation and future zero claims into the framework of the model.

Updated: 13/05/2013
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Prediction of RBNS and IBNR claims using claim amounts and claim counts

Author(s):

Richard Verrall

 et al.

This paper proposes a stochastic model for loss reserving based on incremental reported claim numbers and paid amounts, and which serves to predict Reported But Not Settled (RBNS) and Incurred But Not Reported (IBNR) claims separately. The paper takes the approach of building a model for aggregate paid claims from basic principles at the level of individual data. The research suggests that the use of the aggregated counts data can improve reserving accuracy.

Updated: 02/05/2013
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Views: 7,558