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Equity-linked life insurance: A model with stochastic interest rates. (English) Zbl 0872.62094

Summary: Assuming constant interest rate M. J. Brennan and E. S. Schwartz [J. Fin. Econ. 3, 195-213 (1976)] obtained the rational insurance premium on an equity-linked insurance contract through the application of the theory of contingent claims pricing. Further, considerations with deterministic interest rate have been discussed by K. K. Aase and S. A. Persson. Analysing the single premium case A. R. Bacinello and F. Ortu [Trans. 3rd AFIR Int. Coll., 35-55 (1993)] allow for the short term interest rate to develop in accordance to an Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process. In a later paper [L. Peccati and M. Viren (eds.), Financial Modelling, 1-25 (1994)] they consider extensions to both the single and the periodic premium model.
This paper presents a model similar to the one by Bacinello and Ortu (1994) for the periodic premium case with stochastic interest rate dynamics. It is shown that the insurance contract includes an Asian-like option contract. Sufficient conditions on the guaranteed amount for the existence of a solution are derived. As no closed form solution will be obtained, we discuss different numerical approaches and apply Monte Carlo simulations with a variance reduction technique.

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62P05 Applications of statistics to actuarial sciences and financial mathematics
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