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Valuing catastrophe bonds by Monte Carlo simulations

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  • Victor Vaugirard

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This paper reports fairly accurate simulations of insurance-linked securities within an arbitrage-free framework, while accounting for catastrophic events and allowing for stochastic interest rates. Assessing these contingent claims exhibits features of instability rooted in the discontinuity of the payoffs of binary options around their threshold, which is magnified by possible jumps in their underlying dynamics. The error made while simulating path-dependent digital options whose underlyings obey geometric Brownian motion is used to control the estimation of digital options whose underlyings follow jump-diffusion processes. Comparative statics results highlight the hump shape of the term structure of catbond yield spreads.

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  • Victor Vaugirard, 2003. "Valuing catastrophe bonds by Monte Carlo simulations," Applied Mathematical Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(1), pages 75-90.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apmtfi:v:10:y:2003:i:1:p:75-90
    DOI: 10.1080/1350486032000079741
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    1. Lai, Van Son & Parcollet, Mathieu & Lamond, Bernard F., 2014. "The valuation of catastrophe bonds with exposure to currency exchange risk," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 33(C), pages 243-252.
    2. Wolfgang Karl Härdle & Brenda López Cabrera, 2010. "Calibrating CAT Bonds for Mexican Earthquakes," Journal of Risk & Insurance, The American Risk and Insurance Association, vol. 77(3), pages 625-650.
    3. Ma, Zong-Gang & Ma, Chao-Qun, 2013. "Pricing catastrophe risk bonds: A mixed approximation method," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 52(2), pages 243-254.
    4. Lev Eppelbaum, 2013. "Non-stochastic long-term prediction model for US tornado level," Natural Hazards: Journal of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, Springer;International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, vol. 69(3), pages 2269-2278, December.
    5. Braun, Alexander, 2011. "Pricing catastrophe swaps: A contingent claims approach," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 49(3), pages 520-536.
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