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Optimal Capital Allocation Principles

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  • Jan Dhaene
  • Andreas Tsanakas
  • Emiliano A. Valdez
  • Steven Vanduffel

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This paper develops a unifying framework for allocating the aggregate capital of a financial firm to its business units. The approach relies on an optimisation argument, requiring that the weighted sum of measures for the deviations of the business unit’s losses from their respective allocated capitals be minimised. This enables the association of alternative allocation rules to specific decision criteria and thus provides the risk manager with flexibility to meet specific target objectives. The underlying general framework reproduces many capital allocation methods that have appeared in the literature and allows for several possible extensions. An application to an insurance market with policyholder protection is additionally provided as an illustration.

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Article provided by The American Risk and Insurance Association in its journal The Journal of Risk and Insurance.

Volume (Year): 79 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (03)
Pages: 1-28

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  1. Xu, Maochao & Mao, Tiantian, 2013. "Optimal capital allocation based on the Tail Mean–Variance model," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 53(3), pages 533-543.
  2. Zaks, Yaniv & Tsanakas, Andreas, 2014. "Optimal capital allocation in a hierarchical corporate structure," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 56(C), pages 48-55.
  3. Cai, Jun & Wei, Wei, 2014. "Some new notions of dependence with applications in optimal allocation problems," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 55(C), pages 200-209.
  4. Peggy Cénac & Stéphane Loisel & Véronique Maume-Deschamps & Clémentine Prieur, 2013. "Risk indicators with several lines of business: comparison, asymptotic behavior and applications to optimal reserve allocation," Working Papers hal-00816894, HAL.
  5. Gulick, G. van & De Waegenaere, A.M.B. & Norde, H.W., 2010. "Excess Based Allocation of Risk Capital," Discussion Paper 2010-123, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  6. Cheung, K.C. & Rong, Yian & Yam, S.C.P., 2014. "Borch’s Theorem from the perspective of comonotonicity," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 54(C), pages 144-151.
  7. Emiliano Valdez, 2011. "Comments on: Inference in multivariate Archimedean copula models," TEST: An Official Journal of the Spanish Society of Statistics and Operations Research, Springer, vol. 20(2), pages 257-262, August.
  8. Jaume Belles-Sampera & Montserrat Guillén & Miguel Santolino, 2013. "“The use of flexible quantile-based measures in risk assessment”," IREA Working Papers 201323, University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics, revised Dec 2013.
  9. Tsanakas, Andreas, 2009. "To split or not to split: Capital allocation with convex risk measures," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 44(2), pages 268-277, April.
  10. Xu, Maochao & Hu, Taizhong, 2012. "Stochastic comparisons of capital allocations with applications," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 50(3), pages 293-298.
  11. Dhaene, J. & Henrard, L. & Landsman, Z. & Vandendorpe, A. & Vanduffel, S., 2008. "Some results on the CTE-based capital allocation rule," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(2), pages 855-863, April.
  12. Burren, Daniel, 2013. "Insurance demand and welfare-maximizing risk capital—Some hints for the regulator in the case of exponential preferences and exponential claims," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 53(3), pages 551-568.
  13. Buch, A. & Dorfleitner, G., 2008. "Coherent risk measures, coherent capital allocations and the gradient allocation principle," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(1), pages 235-242, February.
  14. Cheung, Ka Chun, 2009. "Applications of conditional comonotonicity to some optimization problems," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 45(1), pages 89-93, August.

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