The Valuation of a Guaranteed Minimum Maturity Benefit under a Regime-Switching Framework

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Título: The Valuation of a Guaranteed Minimum Maturity Benefit under a Regime-Switching Framework / Rogemar Mamon

Notas: Sumario: Global insurance markets have become more sophisticated in recent times in response to the evolving needs of populations that tend to live longer. Policy holders desire the benefits of longevity/mortality protection while taking advantage of investment growth opportunities in equity markets. As a result, insurers incorporate payment guarantees in new insurance products, known as equity-linked contracts, whose values are dependent on prices of risky assets. A guaranteed minimum maturity benefit (GMMB) is now common in many equity-linked contracts. We develop an integrated pricing framework for a GMMB focusing on segregated fund contracts. More specifically, we construct hidden Markov models (HMMs) for a stock index, interest rate, and mortality rate. The dependence between these risk factors is characterized explicitly. We assume that the stock index follows a Markov-modulated geometric Brownian motion and the interest and mortality rates have Markov-modulated affine dynamics. A series of measure changes is employed to obtain a semi-closed-form solution for the GMMB price. A Fourier transform method is applied to numerically approximate the prices more efficiently. Recursive HMM filtering is used in our model calibration. Numerical investigations in our article demonstrate the accuracy of GMMB prices and an extensive analysis is included to systematically examine how risk factors affect the value of a GMMB.

Autores secundários: Xiong, Heng
Zhao, Yixing

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