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Unit-Linked Life Insurance Products Versus Other Alternative Investments


  • Cristina Ciumas
  • Diana-Maria Chis


Unit-linked insurance is a life insurance policy with investment component. An important component of the activity carried out by the insurance companies is the investment of the premiums paid by policyholders in various types of assets, in order to obtain higher yields than those guaranteed by the insurance contracts, while providing the necessary liquidity for the payment of insurance claims in case of occurrence of the assumed risks. This research contributes to the existing literature regarding the study of investment alternatives, with an exclusive focus on the investment in unit-linked life insurance. A special place in this study is the presentation of investments in unit-linked insurance versus other types of financial investments: deposits, treasury bills, shares (BET), currency (EURO) and gold.

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  • Cristina Ciumas & Diana-Maria Chis, 2015. "Unit-Linked Life Insurance Products Versus Other Alternative Investments," Knowledge Horizons - Economics, Faculty of Finance, Banking and Accountancy Bucharest,"Dimitrie Cantemir" Christian University Bucharest, vol. 7(3), pages 222-227, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:khe:journl:v:7:y:2015:i:3:p:222-227

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    Unit-linked life insurance; alternative investments; investment programs; protection component; investment component;
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    JEL classification:

    • G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • C58 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Financial Econometrics
    • C87 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Econometric Software


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