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Exotic Unit-Linked Life Insurance Contracts

  • Steinar Ekern

    (Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Institute of Finance and Management Science, Helleveien 30, N-5035 Bergen-Sandviken Norway)

  • Svein-Arne Persson

    (Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Institute of Finance and Management Science, Helleveien 30, N-5035 Bergen-Sandviken Norway)

This article integrates aspects of traditional insurance with advances in financial economics, yielding proper valuation and premium assessments of insurance benefits linked to various financial assets. Several new types of unit-linked life insurance contracts are discussed, with substantial potential for real-life applications. Compared to usual unit-linked products, these contracts offer added flexibility and/or altered exposure to financial risk for the insured and/or the insurer. The single premiums of these policies are calculated as expectations under a risk-adjusted probability measure (equivalent martingale measure), satisfying no-arbitrage conditions in financial markets. The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance Theory (1996) 21, 35–63. doi:10.1007/BF00949050

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Article provided by Palgrave Macmillan & International Association for the Study of Insurance Economics (The Geneva Association) in its journal The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance Theory.

Volume (Year): 21 (1996)
Issue (Month): 1 (June)
Pages: 35-63

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Handle: RePEc:pal:genrir:v:21:y:1996:i:1:p:35-63
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