Optimal investment of an insurer with regime-switching and risk constraint

Jingzhen Liu, Ka Fai Cedric Yiu, Tak Kuen Siu

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We investigate an optimal investment problem of an insurance company in the presence of risk constraint and regime-switching using a game theoretic approach. A dynamic risk constraint is considered where we constrain the uncertainty aversion to the 'true' model for financial risk at a given level. We describe the surplus of an insurance company using a general jump process, namely, a Markov-modulated random measure. The insurance company invests the surplus in a risky financial asset whose dynamics are modeled by a regime-switching geometric Brownian motion. To incorporate model uncertainty, we consider a robust approach, where a family of probability measures is cosidered and the insurance company maximizes the expected utility of terminal wealth in the 'worst-case' probability scenario. The optimal investment problem is then formulated as a constrained two-player, zero-sum, stochastic differential game between the insurance company and the market. Different from the other works in the literature, our technique is to transform the problem into a deterministic differential game first, in order to obtain the optimal strategy of the game problem explicitly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-601
Number of pages19
JournalScandinavian Actuarial Journal
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • entropy risk
  • model uncertainty
  • optimal investment
  • regime-switching
  • risk constraint
  • stochastic differential game


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