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Agency Cost and Bonus Policy of Participating Policies. Wenyen Hsu Feng Chia University Email: [email protected] Table of Contents. The features of participating policies Literature Review Approach of the Paper Simulation Results Conclusions. The Features of Participating Policies.

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Agency Cost and Bonus Policy of Participating Policies

Wenyen Hsu

Feng Chia University

Email: [email protected]


Table of Contents

  • The features of participating policies

  • Literature Review

  • Approach of the Paper

  • Simulation Results

  • Conclusions


The Features of Participating Policies

  • Policyholders share the surplus accumulated by the insurer because of deviations of actual from assumed experience.

    • Mortality rate

    • Interest rate

    • Expense ratio

  • The assumptions are relatively conservative.


The Features of Participating Policies

Face value

B(t)

Policy value according rG

P(t)

Age


The Features of Participating Policies

  • In mathematic form,

    • rp(t) policyholder interest rate in t

    • rG guaranteed interest rate

    • B(t) policyholder reserve in t

    • P(t) policyholder reserve in t

    • γ target buffer ratio

    • α distribution ratio


The Features of Participating Policies

  • Therefore, the interest rate guarantee implies a floor of the credited rate.

  • The dividend mechanism is an option element of the contract.


The Features of Participating Policies

  • Options embedded in a participating policy

    • Bonus option

    • Guaranteed rate

    • Insolvency put option from insurer


Questions

  • Questions

    • Does the fact that policyholders share the upside potential while insurers retain all the downside risk alter the investment incentives of insurers?

    • How these options interact with each other?


Literature Review

  • Grosen and Jorgensen (2000)

    • Propose a formula for credited interest rate and argue the participating policies consist a risk free bond element and an option element

    • Assume insurer invests in risky assets and simulate the value of participating policies in terms of the policyholders under various combined of α, γ and asset risk.


Literature Review

  • However, the paper assumes

    • Only bond investment

    • Value of a policy does not depend only on the demand side, supply side’s behavior also matters.

    • Do not incorporate capital.


Literature Review

  • Iwaki and Yumae (2004)

    • Incorporate the supply side’s decision.

    • Add capital in the model

    • Find the efficient frontier for insurer


Approach of the Paper

  • Want to improve theory by

    • Introducing risk capital

      • Risk Adjusted Return on Capital (RAROC)

    • Incentive effect of participating policies on insurer’s investment decisions

      • Participating levels

      • Guaranteed rates

      • Default risks


RAROC

  • RAROC: Risk adjusted return on capital

    • CaR: Capital at Risk

  • RAROC focuses on the left tail.


  • Incentive Problems

    • The features of participating policies

      • A combination of interest rate guarantee and an option element

      • The value of the option depends on the risk of asset portfolio

        • More volatile assets lead to higher value of the option for policyholders and more capital for stockholders.


    Incentive Problems

    • Would the insurer increase the stock assets to enhance the value of option?

      • May be not!

        • Most of returns would accrue to policyholders but stockholders bear the risk.

        • Such incentive problem becomes more severe as the share (α) of the return to policyholders increases.


    Incentive Problems

    • Since insurers share return with policyholders but retain all the downside risk. The payoff of the policies to insurers is asymmetric. Therefore, this paper uses the RAROC, instead of the Sharpe Index.


    Hypotheses

    • Holding probability of default constant,

      • There exists an one-to-one relationship between participating ratio and risk-return for policyholders.

      • Higher guaranteed rates lead to more aggressive investment policies.

      • Higher ex-ante default risks lead to more conservative investment policies.


    Simulation

    • Assumptions and constraints

      • Insurers operate in a perfect financial markets

      • Expense charges, lapses and mortality are ignored.

    • The insurer offers only a participating policy, expiring at time T, T>0.


    Simulation

    • At time t=0, the policyholder pays a single premium for a 5-year, with minimum guaranteed benefit participating policy.

      • The dividend is credited each year.


    Assets

    Liabilities

    Risky Asset

    Policy Reserve

    Zero Coupon Bond

    Bonus Reserve

    Simulation


    Asset Side

    • Two assets

      • a risky asset A(t) and a zero coupon bond C(t).

    • Asset allocation factor β, denotes the proportion of the initial zero coupon bond C(0), i.e. C(0) = βV(0).


    Asset Side

    • By Vasicek (1997) model, the dynamics of risk free interest rate rt follows the stochastic differential equation:

    • The portfolio of the risky asset A(t) is assumed to follow the stochastic process:


    Liability Side

    • The Liability Side of Balance Sheet

      • policyholder interest rate in t

      • Value of policy in year t


    Simulation

    • Valuation of Participating Policy – Grosen and Jørgensen (2000)

      • Determine

      • Simulate A(1)

      • Calculate

      • Determine


    Efficient Frontiers with Various Participating Levels - Insurer

    γ= 0, rG=0.04,P(0)=100, r(0)=4%, β= 0.49~0.99, ρ=-0.1, T=5, VaR=95%

    $

    VaR


    Efficient Frontiers with Various Participating Levels - Insurer

    γ= 0, rG=0.04,P(0)=100, r(0)=4%, β= 0.49~0.99, ρ=-0.1, T=5, VaR=95%


    Efficient Frontiers with Various Participating Levels - Policyholders


    Efficient Frontiers with Different Guaranteed Rates

    γ= 0, P(0)=100, r(0)=4%, β= 0.49~0.99, ρ=-0.1, T=5, VaR=95%

    $

    VaR


    Efficient Frontiers with Different Guaranteed Rates

    γ= 0, P(0)=100, r(0)=4%, β= 0.49~0.99, ρ=-0.1, T=5, VaR=95%


    Efficient Frontiers with Different ex-ante Default Risks


    Efficient Frontiers with Different ex-ante Default Risks

    γ= 0, rG=0.04,P(0)=100, r(0)=4%, β= 0.49~0.99, ρ=-0.1, T=5


    Conclusions

    • The frontier present the investment opportunity sets for insurers.

    • The risk premium decreases with higher α.

      • Therefore, insurers are likely to become more conservative with higher α since the payoff of additional risk decreases.


    Conclusions

    • If the slope of frontier measures the risk premium, the risk premium decreases with higher α. Therefore, insurers are likely to become more conservative with higher α since the payoff of additional risk decreases.


    Conclusions

    • There exists an one-to-one relationship between participating ratio and risk-return for policyholders.

    • Higher guaranteed rates lead to more aggressive investment policies.

    • Higher ex-ante default risks lead to more conservative investment policies.


    Thank You for Listening!


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