Stochastic Methods for Pension Funds

Author: Pierre Devolder
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118566262
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Quantitative finance has become these last years a extraordinary field of research and interest as well from an academic point of view as for practical applications. At the same time, pension issue is clearly a major economical and financial topic for the next decades in the context of the well-known longevity risk. Surprisingly few books are devoted to application of modern stochastic calculus to pension analysis. The aim of this book is to fill this gap and to show how recent methods of stochastic finance can be useful for to the risk management of pension funds. Methods of optimal control will be especially developed and applied to fundamental problems such as the optimal asset allocation of the fund or the cost spreading of a pension scheme. In these various problems, financial as well as demographic risks will be addressed and modelled.

Basic Stochastic Processes

Author: Pierre Devolder
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119184541
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This book presents basic stochastic processes, stochastic calculus including Lévy processes on one hand, and Markov and Semi Markov models on the other. From the financial point of view, essential concepts such as the Black and Scholes model, VaR indicators, actuarial evaluation, market values, fair pricing play a central role and will be presented. The authors also present basic concepts so that this series is relatively self-contained for the main audience formed by actuaries and particularly with ERM (enterprise risk management) certificates, insurance risk managers, students in Master in mathematics or economics and people involved in Solvency II for insurance companies and in Basel II and III for banks.

Theory and Statistical Applications of Stochastic Processes

Author: Yuliya Mishura
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1786300508
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This book is concerned with the theory of stochastic processes and the theoretical aspects of statistics for stochastic processes. It combines classic topics such as construction of stochastic processes, associated filtrations, processes with independent increments, Gaussian processes, martingales, Markov properties, continuity and related properties of trajectories with contemporary subjects: integration with respect to Gaussian processes, Itȏ integration, stochastic analysis, stochastic differential equations, fractional Brownian motion and parameter estimation in diffusion models.

Stress Tests for Defined Benefit Pension Plans A Primer

Author: Gregorio Impavido
Publisher: International Monetary Fund
ISBN: 1455216836
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Stress testing is a useful and increasingly popular, yet sometimes misunderstood, method of analyzing the resilience of financial systems to adverse events. This paper aims to help demystify stress tests and illustrate their strengths and weaknesses. Using an Excel-based template with institution-specific data, readers are walked through the basics of liability valuation and stress testing of assets and liabilities of a typical defined benefit plan.

Pension Fund Risk Management

Author: Marco Micocci
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1439817545
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As pension fund systems decrease and dependency ratios increase, risk management is becoming more complex in public and private pension plans. Pension Fund Risk Management: Financial and Actuarial Modeling sheds new light on the current state of pension fund risk management and provides new technical tools for addressing pension risk from an integrated point of view. Divided into four parts, the book first presents the correct measurement of risk in pension funds, fund dynamics under a performance-oriented arrangement, an attribution model for monitoring the performance and risk of a defined benefit (DB) pension fund, and an optimal investment problem of a defined contribution (DC) pension fund under inflationary risk. It also describes a pension plan from a dynamic optimization viewpoint, the optimal asset allocation of U.S. pension funds, the identification of stakeholders’ risks, value-at-risk (VaR) methodology, and various effects on the asset allocation of DB pension schemes. The second section focuses on the effects of uncertainty on employer-provided DB private pension plan liabilities; wage-based lump sum payments by death, retirement, or dismissal by the employer; fundamental retirement changes; occupational pension insurance in Germany; and longevity risk securitization in pension schemes. In the third part, the book examines employers’ risks, accountability rules and regulations, useful actuarial analysis instruments, risk-based solvency regime in the Netherlands, and the impact of the 2008 global financial crisis on pension participants. The final part covers DB pension freezes and terminations of plans, the two-pillar social security system of Italy, the Greek social security system, the effect of a company’s unfunded pension liabilities on its stock market valuation, and the returns of Spanish balanced pension plans and portfolio performance. With contributions from well-known, international academics and professionals, this book will assist pension fund executives, risk managers, consultants, and academic researchers in attaining a clear picture of the integration of risks in the pension world. It offers a comprehensive, contemporary account of how to handle the risks involved with pension funds.

Lebensversicherungsmathematik

Author: Hans U. Gerber
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783642713118
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In den letzten Monaten haben die Zeitungen vieWiltige Bilder iiber die Er scheinung des Kometen Halley veroffentlicht. Seit 76 Jahren ist er diesen Winter am niichtlichen Himmel wieder sichtbar geworden. Es ist deshalb sinnvoll, auch an die Tatsache zu erinnern, daB Sir Edmund Halley 1693 auch die erste Sterbetafel konstruierte und damit die wissenschaftliche Basis fUr die DurchfUhrung der Lebensversicherung schuf. Die traditionelle Interpretation dieser und spiiter verwendeter Sterbetafeln ist deterministisch, d. h. sie geht von der Vorstellung aus, daB z. B. die Anzahl der in einem Jahr sterbenden Personen eine feste Zahl sei. In Wirklichkeit ist diese Anzahl aber zufallig. Um diesem aleatorischen Charakter gerecht zu werden, muB deshalb in der Lebensversicherungsmathematik die Wahr scheinlichkeitstheorie stiirker als bisher zum Tragen kommen. Die Vereinigung schweizerischer Versicherungsmathematiker mochte mit diesem Buch diese "moderne" Lebensversicherungsmathematik fOrdern. Sie ist gliicklich, daB Herr Professor Gerber, als Experte von Weltruf, die Auf gabe iibernommen hat, einen solchen Text zu verfassen. Erfreut sind wir auch iiber die angenehme Zusammenarbeit mit dem Springer-Verlag. Wir hoffen sehr, damit den AnstoB fUr eine erfolgreiche Serie versicherungsmathe matischer Publikationen gegeben zu haben.

Asset Allocation Considerations for Pension Insurance Funds

Author: Christian Hertrich
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3658021675
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​The central research objective of the dissertation is to assess the suitability of Social Responsible Investments (SRIs) as well as alternative investments for the strategic asset allocation of German Pension Insurance Funds (Pensionskassen). Using a Vector Error Correction model, we estimate the data generating process of the underlying input variables. A bootstrap simulation allows generating future return paths of the underlying portfolios. These return distributions will subsequently be used as input for different asset allocation strategies.The empirical results of our research study offer valuable conclusions: (1) SRI-structured portfolios consistently perform better than conventional portfolios, (2) including alternative investments has a beneficial effect on the risk-return distribution and (3) derivative overlay structures mitigate downside risk exposure without impacting average fund performance. In terms of alternative allocation models, (1) high-equity portfolios lead to an increase in return volatility without sufficiently compensating investors with higher returns, (2) hedging against price increases by engineering a portfolio with inflation-suitable assets yields mixed results, (3) a portfolio composition that combines derivative overlay strategies for both equities and corporate bonds and uses SRI-screened assets as underlying generates the best results.

Quantitative Fund Management

Author: M.A.H. Dempster
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781420081923
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The First Collection That Covers This Field at the Dynamic Strategic and One-Period Tactical Levels Addressing the imbalance between research and practice, Quantitative Fund Management presents leading-edge theory and methods, along with their application in practical problems encountered in the fund management industry. A Current Snapshot of State-of-the-Art Applications of Dynamic Stochastic Optimization Techniques to Long-Term Financial Planning The first part of the book initially looks at how the quantitative techniques of the equity industry are shifting from basic Markowitz mean-variance portfolio optimization to risk management and trading applications. This section also explores novel aspects of lifetime individual consumption investment problems, fixed-mix portfolio rebalancing allocation strategies, debt management for funding mortgages and national debt, and guaranteed return fund construction. Up-to-Date Overview of Tactical Financial Planning and Risk Management The second section covers nontrivial computational approaches to tactical fund management. This part focuses on portfolio construction and risk management at the individual security or fund manager level over the period up to the next portfolio rebalance. It discusses non-Gaussian returns, new risk-return tradeoffs, and the robustness of benchmarks and portfolio decisions. The Future Use of Quantitative Techniques in Fund Management With contributions from well-known academics and practitioners, this volume will undoubtedly foster the recognition and wider acceptance of stochastic optimization techniques in financial practice.