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Risk Minimization for Insurance Products via F-Doubly Stochastic Markov Chains


  • Francesca Biagini

    () (Department of Mathematics, University of Munich, Theresienstraße 39, 80333 Munich, Germany
    Department of Mathematics, University of Oslo, Boks 1072 Blindern, Norway)

  • Andreas Groll

    () (Department of Statistics, University of Munich, Akademiestr.1, 80799 Munich, Germany)

  • Jan Widenmann

    () (BMW Financial Services, BMW Bank GmbH, 80787 Munich, Germany)


We study risk-minimization for a large class of insurance contracts. Given that the individual progress in time of visiting an insurance policy’s states follows an F -doubly stochastic Markov chain, we describe different state-dependent types of insurance benefits. These cover single payments at maturity, annuity-type payments and payments at the time of a transition. Based on the intensity of the F -doubly stochastic Markov chain, we provide the Galtchouk-Kunita-Watanabe decomposition for a general insurance contract and specify risk-minimizing strategies in a Brownian financial market setting. The results are further illustrated explicitly within an affine structure for the intensity.

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  • Francesca Biagini & Andreas Groll & Jan Widenmann, 2016. "Risk Minimization for Insurance Products via F-Doubly Stochastic Markov Chains," Risks, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 4(3), pages 1-26, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jrisks:v:4:y:2016:i:3:p:23-:d:73446

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    insurance liabilities; doubly stochastic Markov chains; risk minimization; MSC; 60J27; 62P05; 91G99; JEL; C02;

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    • C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods
    • G0 - Financial Economics - - General
    • G1 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets
    • G2 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services
    • G3 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance
    • M2 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Economics
    • M4 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting
    • K2 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law


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