On the effectiveness of natural hedging for insurance companies and pension plans

Jackie Li*, Steven Haberman

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

10 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Natural hedging is one possible method to reduce longevity risk exposure for an annuity provider or a pension plan. In this paper, we provide an assessment of the effectiveness of natural hedging between annuity and life products, using the correlated Poisson Lee-Carter model, Poisson common factor model, product-ratio model, and historical simulation. Our analysis is based on the mortality experience of UK assured lives, pensioners, and annuitants, and the national population of England and Wales. We consider a range of different scenarios, and find that the level of risk reduction is significant in general, with an average of around 60%. These results have important implications for those insurers, reinsurers, and pension plan sponsors who are seeking ways to hedge their unwanted risk exposures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-297
Number of pages12
JournalInsurance: Mathematics and Economics
Volume61
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'On the effectiveness of natural hedging for insurance companies and pension plans'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this